It is nice to get some bottles with a bit of age and are drinking beautifully. A recent stand out from a few Italian wines that we tasted that usually go to restaurants, Bricco Batista is an excellent bottle with tons of character. Accornero is an old estate that was founded in 1839. However, this is a newer wine, with the first vintage being 1989. Bricco Batista is 100% Barbera fermented in giant neutral barrels and shows notes of ripe cherry, lavender, violets, licorice, celery seed, black pepper, olive, and a dusty minerality. It also displays some intriguing soil tones giving it a sense of place, while the palate has supportive tannins with an energetic acidity that brightens up the fruit, landing on a savory finish. 2017 is one of the best examples of this wine ever, and we have the only bottles of this vintage available in the USA. The perfect wine for those looking for something to drink now but still could manage another few years in the cellar with no issue, the 2017 Bricco Battista is a knockout and an excellent buy for the category.
Antonio Galloni 94 pts! "The 2017 Barbera del Monferrato Superiore Bricco Battista is a fabulous example of Barbera from Monferrato. Inky and deep, with tons of complexity, the 2017 dazzles from start to finish. Black cherry, chocolate, new leather, licorice, spice and espresso saturate the palate. The 2017 packs a serious punch, but it is not overly heavy or sweet. (Drink between 2021 - 2029)"