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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013
(from 80-year-old vines on a steep, south-facing hillside, planted on clay-and-limestone soil; aged in one-third new barriques): Saturated medium ruby. Vibrant, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, licorice and violet. At once dense and juicy, showing more mineral cut than the Gallina barbera. This boasts serious energy and verve. Finishes bright, with a firm spine of acids and tannins. This impressively structured barbera, which also was raised entirely in new barrels prior to vintage 2009, needs time. The yield here was less than 30 hectoliters per hectare in 2011 from very small grapes, according to Rivetti.