Barbera d'Alba 2010 and 2011: panel tasting results

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A positive reaction from our experts to these versatile, approachable and affordable wines, with the 2010 vintage edging the 2011 thanks to their ripeness balanced by refreshing acidity. See the top 18 wines recommended by our judges in our panel tasting as featured in the Decanter Magazine May 2013 issue...
Barbera d'alba 2010, Barbera d'alba 2011, Castello del Verduno Bricco del Cuculo 2010
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Castello del Verduno, Bricco del Cuculo 2010
Decanter average score:
17.75pts/20 (92/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Andrea Briccarello 17 Stephen Brook 17.5 Ian D’Agata 18.5
Intense, spicy nose, with floral aromas of lavender and iris mingling with red cherry. Meaty and complex with grippy tannins and delicious cherry and strawberry flavours lifted by bright acids. Not a blockbuster but pretty, floral and will give early pleasure.
Price £13 Lay & Wheeler
Drink 2013–2015
Alc 14%