Barbera d'Alba 2010 and 2011: panel tasting results
Bosco Agostino, Volupta 2010
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Andrea Briccarello 18.5Stephen Brook 18.5 Ian D’Agata 18.5
Third generation Andrea Bosco has revolutionised this estate, founded by his grandfather Pietro, who was born in 1907. The decision to stop selling grapes and bottle their own wines dates back only to 1979, and there are a slew of very fine wines being made now. The Volupta shows Barbera d’Alba at its modern best: 30% new oak, extremely polished tannins but still lively acidity: perfect with fatty foods like sausages and bagna càuda.
Andrea Briccarello Modern and upfront, this wine shows great intensity and a very rich, dark chocolate core. Stylish and appealing, it has a great complex, plump, red-fruit mid-palate followed by a dark, spicy aftertaste. Great complexity and amazing structure.
Stephen Brook Muted black-cherry nose that opens beautifully with aeration to show floral characters too. Broad and lush, with fine weight of fruit without being heavy-handed. Has freshness thanks to fine acidity and the texture is sleek and ingratiating. Long, pure and racy on the finish.
Ian D’Agata Aromatic nose of pure red berry fruit and dark plum aromas bolstered by cloves and Christmas spices, then similar flavours with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Price £15 Fine & Rare