’Tavijn, Cascina
Piedmont, Italy
Barbera d’Asti
Light filminess to the liquid, more dark scarlet red than purple at the core, a glowing rust red to orange towards the rims. Powerfully musky lift to the nose with damp leather, camphor to witch hazel notes, pressed flowers and thick and gluey strawberry, red cherry to even green apple fruit scents, almost custard like in consistency, not what was expected. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and, while not soft, certainly pliant and giving with not much by way of structuring acidity or tannin. Accents of sour white grapefruit and pickle brine help perk it up and there’s that medicinal, mentholated lift too. Concentrated cherry, raspberry fruit sweet and lasts fully through the finish. For its age could be classified as a “fruit bomb,” even more surprising given the producer and importer.
88 points

Edited by Marc Hanes (05-15-2019 18:56:49)