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2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’, Il Cascinone, Piemonte

“Intense, ripe and juicy and another great wine from Il Cascinone that overdelivers” JW

The producer Il Cascinone can do no wrong in my eyes at the moment. I have worked with them for almost five years with their Campo Fiorito Chardonnay (a ringer for quality Maçon) being a staple of my portfolio. Last year many of you would have tried their brilliant Soliti Merlot, my best value wine of 2018, but the winery may have even surpassed that with this outstanding single vineyard Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’.

Once considered a poor man’s Nebbiolo, Barbera is now considered a great wine in its own right. The best vineyards surround the villages of Asti and Alba and produce perfumed reds that are ripe in juicy fruit and perfect for early drinking. The Crocera vineyard is a six hectare site on the Monferrato hills of Piemonte, where some of the region’s finest wines are produced. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barriques (small casks) of which only 10-15% are new. The predominant use of older oak ensures that there is a more subtle flavouring to the wine and that the juicy, ripe flavours of the Barbera grape are dominant. All this evolves into the most magnificent and rewarding glass of red.

2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’, Il Cascinone, Piemonte @ £55 per case (6 bottles)

“Lovely aromas of black cherry, ripe damson and soft spice. Rich, generous and juicy on the palate with more flavours of cherry, plum and a little hint of mocha. It’s rare to experience such intensity at this price point and bravo to Il Cascinone for producing another great single vineyard wine that overdelivers.” JW

It’s a bit early to be saying that this is best value red wine of the year but it’s certainly going to take some beating! It has just won silver medal in the 2019 International Wine Challenge too so it seems I am not along in championing its brilliance!

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