"This was a terrific vintage for Barbera. The Barbera d'Alba Bricco dei Merli shows inky density and succulent softness. The grapes have happily absorbed the warm sunshine from the long growing season. The wine was aged in botte grande to maintain the brightness of the fruit and to prevent the wine from becoming too heavy. It shows a pretty level of fresh acidity and it also offers distinct mineral tones that come as a pleasant surprise. Aromas of crushed flint and campfire ash are followed by cola and balsam herb. This wine is distinguished by its savory flavors and the softness of its texture."