Just bottled a week ago
 
Floral and intense on the nose with a complex array of grapefruit, quinine and red fruit aromas. On entry one finds nice acidity supporting bright red fruit that shows a bit of plum and a little watermelon flavor on what is a pretty lightweight mid palate though it shows real cut in a lovely, clear bright, and tense style that has  small powdery tannins adding a bit of density to the long,  juicy and pure finish. This is tense and exciting barbera. 92pts

 
 
15 months in barrique, bottled in August 2012
 
This offers up assertive toasted oak notes paring with the classic slightly herbal and violet driven plummy fruit of Barbera. Lots of wood spice, vanilla and milky notes.  Rich and broad in the mouth with a nice blend of Barbera acidity and sweetness from the wood. The oak is much better integrated in the mouth than on the nose, supporting the fine black currant and black cherry fruit. The finish also shows fine integration with judicious wood tannins paired with the rather bright and assertive acidity. Showing really fine depth this remains transparent on the palate with fine black plum fruit, this should age very well, would love to revisit this in two to three years. 91pts

 
 
1 year in large wood
 
A little tarry on the nose and rich with black fruit, black plums, earth, sweet medicinal notes and a little minty top note. On entry this is tight and focused with really deep fruit that tastes like old vines. A bit of alcohol intrudes early on the palate but the  great acids kick in adding cut and definition leading to a long finish with attractive spice and dried floral accents.This would be great with a rare steak pick a fatty juicy cut like a skirt steak. 91pts

 
 
A little stewy on the nose, complex and earthy and obviously terroir driven. Air brings out blue flowers and ripe blue and plum fruits with chocolate shavings on the nose. This is elegant, clear, and dry rich and ripe in the mouth, not an easy feat to manage. The fruit is quite perfumed in the mouth with hints of chocolate, violets, and stemmy spice adding detail There is impressive clarity of fruit here that shows excellent persistence on the chocolate covered cherry tinged finish. I can’t say this is my favorite style of barbera, this is a bit big but you can’t deny that it is expertly made in this style and judging it within the lineup today one can’t help but realise that this is simply what the vines produced in 2009. 91pts

 
 
15 months in botte
 
Finely focused if a bit smoky on the nose with vivid black fruit aromas,  a touch of black plum and a little spicy top note. This is so well balanced, elegant even though with nice richness and a touch of plum skin tannin adding a little texture to the mouthfeel. The feel is pure and fine driven by great acids on the backend. This is transparent and pure with fine length and balsamic aromas on the finish. There is a distinct lack of noticeable winemaking here, this really speaks of grape and place. 91pts 

 
 
A bit meaty on the nose and very open, complex and intense with black currant and spicy blackberry fruit framed with subtle herbal edges. Elegant and rich on entry with a lovely expression of fruit, just fruit and vineyard captured driven by superb acidity on the long finish which shows a subtle spicy edge. The balance of these wines (while tasting the entire Cascina delle Rose line-up) is just spectacular. 91pts