This Barbera from Italy's Piedmont is beautifully lush and bright. Quality fruit is lovingly hand harvested by the Vacca family, who have been on these legendary hillsides for more than a century and whose pioneering forefather was first to label Nebbiolo under the now-famous village name 'Barbaresco'. But this Barbera is a more drink-young affair, and despite fine tannins and age-worthy acidity this expressive and charming red is ready to decant now. Superb value.
92/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous (2016 Vintage)
"The 2016 Barbera d'Alba is another brilliant entry-level wine from Renato Vacca and Cantina del Pino. The purity of the fruit is striking. Even with all of its intensity, the Barbera retains gorgeous freshness and vibrancy. Black cherry, lavender and spice infuse the creamy, resonant finish. Vineyard sites are Ovello and Gallina. Drink 2019 – 2026."
91/100 Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 Vintage)
"The 2016 Barbera d'Alba opens to a darkly saturated colour that is full and dense. The wine sits firmly in the glass (and on the palate), thanks to a solid core of dark fruit. The cooler 2016 vintage has produced Barberas that are angular and rigid, especially at this young stage. You also taste the fresh acidity of the grape here that serves to refreshen and cleanse, but its complexity, at least for now, is subdued. Some 3,000 bottles were produced, and you get good value here. Drink 2019 – 2025."
91/100 Christelle Guibert, Decanter (2016 Vintage)
"This estate may have a long history in the region but it’s only since 1997 that production moved from the local co-op to in house, today run by fourth-generation Renato Vacca. This Barbera is vibrant and juicy with great finesse and focus of rich, peppery black cherry fruit and integrated oak."