Yea, this baby got back and she’s stacked.  This voluptuous wine  soothes and excites all at the same time.  Like listening to your favorite Barry White song  with an exotic dancer moving slowly in front of you.

There is so much depth to this wine. So many elements competing for attention.  The aromas erupting from the bottle your olfactory system (yes I had to use that word) will go into overdrive.  Plum, violets, cherry blossoms and more fill the room starting the hypnosis that will eventually set in.

Once in your mouth your body will hit nirvana.  That peaceful feeling that leads you into bliss.  All of the flavors pop in your mouth like an eruption.  Each flavor taking its turn at lead.  Like the sirens of lore beckoning you, your body eases into complete relaxation.  What a wonderful feeling.  Very lite tannins follow a very long finish.Pure pleasure.


$$  a phenomenal value.

wp-1484265583400.jpgI enjoyed this with a little afternoon snack.  Needless to say the rest of the day was ecstasy.

So I start this by trying to decide if I shouls talk about Montalcino or Brunello.  So, in a compact I will try to give a little of both.
Montalcino is an area of Tuscany most famous for Brunello wine.  Montalcino also gives us Rosso di Montalcino, and some “Super Tuscans”. Some sweet white wines are also produced there.  Brunello is the most famous wine from the region made from Sangiovese.  Brunello was the first to be awarded DOCG (Denominaziione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status.  Basically a controlled designation of origin.  Brunello is aged 5 years with Reserva 6, (what we are having tonight).   This Brunello is from Renieri, (Bacci wines ) a highly respected winery which produces several brands from the estate. 
When I opened the bottle I was struck immediately by the fragrance.  So inviting, very foral but also very fruity. 
The liquid is very dark and seems dense. When the juice hits your tongue -rapture- I can hear the angels singing. 
Luscious, velvety smooth.  Evidence of a master creator, for  the wines and vineyards.  Huge fruit tones; currant, plum, black cherry.  These are accompanied by licorice, oak and cedar, smoky tobacco and hints of cocoa.  Who couldn’t love this right?  Just thinking about it now is causing my mouth to water.  The finish is long and bountiful. 
This wine is also meant to be shared with a big meal.  I am thinking a big steak with some sort of heavy side like a hearty mac n cheese.


Just look  at that beauty

Rocca Felice Barbera d’Alba Superior, sounds like a great Italian action movie doesn’t it.  I am on an Italian wine kick.  Remembrances of my visit last year.  Italian wines are the up and coming thing.  You like Bordeaux, you like California cabs, how about Pinot Noir.  Italy has it all and more.  You must try some of Italy’s best.

Back to the wine of the night.  This Barberad’Alba has a rich ruby color.  Not a dark ruby like in a gold setting, but the ruby color you get when you hold a raw stone to the light. ( yes I worked with gems  in a previous career).

Felice Rocca  Barbera d'Alba
Felice Rocca Barbera d’Alba

The fruit hits your tongue and instantly your mouth begins to shudder.  The rich barbera grape attacks your sensitivity and you are in a place of bliss.  So much red fruit flavors, cherry, raspberry.  Hints of plum, vanilla and cinnamon follow right along behind.  A medium finish that lingers around long enough to give you desire for more.


Friday night is pizza night, add a Barbera and make it great.
Friday night is pizza night, add a Barbera and make it great.