Crivelli Barbera d’Asti “Collina La Mora” 2019


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100% Barbera, Piedmont’s most planted variety. This wine was grown in the estate-owned “Collina La Mora” vineyard near the winery in distinctive white clay soils that produce incredibly full and textured Barbera. Vinified in large, neutral Slavonian oak barrels, this Barbera ages nicely, up to about eight years after the vintage if you can stand to wait that long. It has a long history of drastically outperforming its modest price, and the excellent 2019 is the best I can remember in 20 years of admiring this wine.

Here’s how it tastes: This bright ruby-violet-colored Barbera has aromas of dried flowers, black cherries, and wild berries with subtle cinnamon spice and earthy dark chocolate adding complexity. The palate is ripe and vibrant, with cherry and berry fruits stretching across the palate with cocoa and bay leaf spice notes. The finish is round and elegant with typical Barbera vibrancy.