Brezza
 
I have long been a fan of the wines from Brezza, though the past several vintages have left me a bit underwhelmed, particularly the notably alcoholic wines from the 2007 vintages. After a few ups and downs the wines here seem to be back on track which may be due in some small part to 2010 being the first vintage after they made the switch to farming organically. never blockbusters and always based more on bright, juicy fruit than imposing power and structure, the style seems well suited to 2010. These certainly are wines with lovely aromatics, though I might hope for a bit more depth on the palate. 
 
 
Camphor and herb stem notes greet the nose followed by a base of black currant/blackberry fruit A bit soft and compact in the mouth, this reveals earthy, slightly herby, simple but pure and tense burnished cherry fruit with hints of sandalwood and medicinal licorice nuances. Nicely poised and modestly firm, this is elegant and perfumed in the mouth with fine length and tension, and a tissue fine texture. Small but detailed. 89pts
 
 
Deep bay leaf edged wild cherry fruit on the nose is joined by a bit of rosehip in a slightly jammy and slightly minty style with a top note of astringent lingonberry, antiseptic fruit. Bright with good energy on entry, this is a bit lean, transparent and light on the palate with delicate raspberry fruit. there is great tannic structure here, lacy but firm, and a long tart raspberry finish With excellent integration through the moderately long finish this is rather finely detailed and incredibly fresh with important tannins, yet it remains delicate. 91pts
 
 
Fine almost sweet and slightly jammy boysenberry tinged fruit pops on the nose with wispy smoke and soil notes, a hints of tar and carob adding detail. In the mouth this is seamless, classic Cannubi, with bright acids, fine grained elegant tannins, and inner mouth perfumes of rose petals, wild cherry fruit, and gentle suggest of herbs and burnt orange ring in the mouth. The tannins really build on the finish and are a bit dusty but sweet. There are lovely herb nuances through the chewy, powerful finish along with hints of tart strawberry fruit. 93pts
 
 
Blended Bricco Sarmassa back in this vintage
 
Big aromatic herb grasses on the nose blend with deep burnished fruit, prune in alcohol and deep burnished burnt spice. Deeper and more powerful on the palate with gorgeous dark cherry fruit that is precise and well defined with an added bit of power and ripe tannins. This is a bit dark in the mouth, though the texture is bright and almost drinkable already with a bit of chewy tannin and a fine astringent edge on the long finish. It lacks the chiseled feel and complexity of the Cannubi but packs in more fruit and a richer texture. 93pts