Vietti Barbera Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2005
This bottle was almost like a Zinfandel in its spicy and woodsy notes but with the kick of a Barbera that kept your mouth watering. What more could I ask for in a pairing with Risotto. The nose was a candy shop of dark fruit turning to blueberries and with a super long mouth coating finish.
This wine is always a treat and didn’t skip a beat on this night. I find the Vietti Scarrone, V.V. to be one of the few old vine Barberas that I really enjoy. The color was a deep, dark red with a nose of dusty raspberry, earth, undergrowth and just a touch of vanilla. On the palate this wine came across as mouth filling with candied red fruit yet balanced with vibrant acidity and finishing with fresh red cherry and rosemary.
Cracked open this beauty on a mid-summer night. I didn't find the nose to be very appealing but as it aired out in the decanter, it grew to be velvety smooth. Nice buttery finish, not bitter, no aftertaste. I'm no wine connoisseur, but I know what tastes right and what doesn't. For the price and the vintage, this is a can't miss for Average Joe and maybe even those with an exceptional pallette. Cheers!!
Cherries and minerals on the nose. Well balanced, fruity and fresh. A nice wine. A little more complexity and a floral nose would've made it perfect for me.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Vietti Barbera Barbera d'Alba Scarrone
The single-vineyard 2005 Barbera d'Alba Scarrone is a richly-textured, generous wine. Made in a very pure, clean style, it reveals a layered personality, outstanding length and polished tannins to round out the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2012.
Very concentrated and rich, with lots of toasty oak, ripe fruit and raisin. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit and power. Delicious and tempting. Drink now.
Offers loads of blackberry, laced with vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins, a pretty texture and a long, caressing finish. Delivers wonderful fruit and character. Drink now. 2,900 cases made.-From Wine spectator
Good full ruby. Sappy aromas and flavors of dark fruits and coffee. Densely packed, suave and fine-grained, with a chocolatey richness and a thick texture leavened by sound acidity. Finishes broad and long, with strong torrefaction flavors. The crop level here was just 25 hectoliters per hectare, according to Luca Currando. Scarrone is adjacent to the Rocche vineyard and in fact has nebbiolo planted all around it.
Aromas of blackberry and light toasty oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of fruit and a chocolaty, spicy finish. This is big and juicy. Drink now.
Vietti's Barbera d'Asti La Crena is one of my favorite wines in the lineup and it is once again superb in 2005. The clarity, precision and vibrancy of this wine are all remarkable, as layers of mineral-infused dark fruit flow onto the palate effortlessly. The wine offers awesome persistence and a polished finish that lasts forever. This isn't the biggest or most obvious vintage of La Crena, but it is surely among the most elegant. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015.
Serious and multifaceted, with peppery black fruit aromas wrapped up in a frame of toasty new oak. Abundant but plush tannins support intense blackberry and roasted nut flavors in the mouth, winding up with a hit of mocha on the long, highly nuanced finish. Not your grandmother's Barbera.