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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013
(from clay soil; 6.5 grams per liter acidity): Good deep ruby-red. Compellingly pure aromas of black raspberry, minerals, violet and smoked meat, plus a hint of dark fruit pastille. Boasts outstanding vinosity and complexity, offering extraordinary intensity and thrust to its sweet dark berry and floral flavors. The wine's terrific energy cleanses the palate on the very long, sweet finish. This is 15.5% alcohol but I would never have guessed. Conterno started harvesting his barbera on September 6 in 2011--or a full ten days earlier than the harvest in the furnace-hot vintage of 2003.