More than your basic sipper, Massimo Benevelli’s Barbera has reached new heights in 2016. Full-bodied, refreshing, and surprisingly profound, here is a red that absolutely shines at table. For fans of older wines, take note of this bargain buy for your cellar—five or ten years will do it no harm at all.
|Vineyard:||25 years, 1.5 ha|
|Soil:||Grey marl and bluish limestone|
|Aging:||Ages 6 months in old barrels, then 6 more months in large Slovenian oak barrels|
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch