2006 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Crena
Barbera - 750ML

  • WA 93
  • WS 90
  • IWC 90

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2009
The 2006 Barbera d'Asti La Crena is a dense brooding effort loaded with mineral-infused dark fruit violets graphite flowers and French oak. This is an especially seamless yet mid-weight La Crena built on elegance rather... The 2006 Barbera d'Asti La Crena is a dense brooding effort loaded with mineral-infused dark fruit violets graphite flowers and French oak. This is an especially seamless yet mid-weight La Crena built on elegance rather than power with an impeccably clean polished finish that rounds things out. Usually I prefer Barbera on the young side but La Crena truly sings around age ten or so. It remains one of the most under-the-radar wines in Piedmont. La Crena is made from vines that are over 70 years old in Agliano one of the most privileged sites for Barbera in Piedmont. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. -Antonio Galloni
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2009
Displays very ripe aromas of crushed blackberry and dark chocolate with notes of cream. Full-bodied with mineral blueberry and lemon peel flavors and firm acidity. A racy wine. Drink now. 900 cases made. -JS
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2009
($45; this represents a selection of the oldest vines from this 12-acre site) Full deep ruby-red. The aromas of blackberry graphite milk chocolate and licorice reminded me a bit of cabernet. Then large-scaled and sweet in... ($45; this represents a selection of the oldest vines from this 12-acre site) Full deep ruby-red. The aromas of blackberry graphite milk chocolate and licorice reminded me a bit of cabernet. Then large-scaled and sweet in the mouth with a slight alcoholic warmth and a note of dark chocolate; almost Barolo-like in its sheer scale. A rather extreme style outsized for barbera but leavened somewhat by strong acidity. Finishes with big broad tannins that saturate the mouth. This aged for nearly two years in barrel and then received another year of aging prior to being released.
JJB 94
Andrew Frieden - JJ Buckley, August 2011
Dark garnet color with an opaque purple core that pushes all the way to the rim. Warm and inviting the perfumed nose displays fragrant flower blossoms fresh turned earth and comforting well-rounded black fruit with... Dark garnet color with an opaque purple core that pushes all the way to the rim. Warm and inviting the perfumed nose displays fragrant flower blossoms fresh turned earth and comforting well-rounded black fruit with persistence that seems endless while underlying tarry phenolics impressively display fresh pavement and charcoal. The seamless entry of black cherry and cassis is framed with precision that builds to a crescendo of power and intensity on the mid-palate. Medium to full bodied this wine exhibits the best of both worlds- offering acidity that focuses the fruit and very intricate and well integrated tannins that add elegance and grace to the finish. This should be a relatively long-lived Barbera that will drink extremely well with all types of meat dishes.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Barbera
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Sub-region Barbera d'Asti
Appellation Asti
Vintage 2006