2015 Damilano Barbera d' Asti

Year: 2015
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 89
James Suckling: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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100% Barbera

"Aromatic, revealing juicy black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. Driven by vibrant acidity, with light tannins, this ends with fruit and spice notes. Drink now through 2019. 11,666 cases made.–BS " (WS)

"The darkly colored and richly concentrated 2015 Barbera d'Asti is a great wine to pair with pizza or oven-roasted lasagna. There is a lot of energy and vitality here, and the wine presents raw tones of cherry and blackberry fruit. This Barbera d'Asti offers a dark purple color and thick, fruity lines at the back. There is noticeable sweetness on the close.

Damilano has been a Barolo protagonist for many years. Even if you are already familiar with its wines, this estate merits a longer look. I have been impressed by the work underway here and notice tangible tweaks to the winemaking style that represent a constant stream of improvements building over the past five years or so. For example, the Damilano 2012 Barolo Cannubi stands out among its peers. This is a difficult feat considering the competitive nature of this super-celebrated single vineyard. Among so many excellent producers that farm here, Damiliano's Cannubi holds its own, especially in the challenging 2012 vintage. More interesting, however, is the special anniversary magnum of Cannubi from the 2008 vintage and bottled today as a limited-production Riserva. Congratulations." (WA)

"Vivid and fresh style with raspberry and lemon character. Medium body, tangy finish. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The first vintage of Barbera d’Asti was in 2008. The production of Barbera d’Asti is the result of a recent lease agreement which allows Damilano to cultivate 42 acres of vineyards in Casorzo, located in the hills of Monferrato in the Asti province. This area is a historic cultivation zone for Barbera. The silt levels in the soil of this region give the final wines a desirable softness.

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