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no stars Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007
($76; from vines dating back more than 85 years) Good saturated medium ruby. Blackberry, minerals and espresso on the precise nose. Distinctly more backward and closed than the regular bottling, but with terrific lift and definition to its flavors of black fruits, minerals and menthol. This boasts superb thrust and, with its spine of acidity, finishes with an almost medicinal austerity. But it's ultimately sweeter than the wine from younger vines. Both of these barberas are made according to the same techniques, including five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration and malolactic fermentation in barriques