(2014) A selection of Barbera, this time aged 18 months in large Slavonian oak. Bittersweet cocoa, cherry and the faintest rounding of vanilla is all quite subtle and powerfully concentrated, a lovely sense of quiet authority and not trying too hard about this wine. On the palate the rich, fleshy plum sweetness surprises, a real intensity of ripe black fruit, but typical of this house, everything is wrapped in a lean, linear cloak of acidity and tannin that gives it poise and length, and much more than straightforward fruit. Spices begin to build on the back palate, some smokiness and dry savoury fruit with sour cherry bite stays part of the picture all the way to the end. Fine fruit, balance and élan.