2009 Barbera d'Asti La Crena Vietti

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Average critic rating : 89.0 points



The 2009 Barbera d’Asti Superiore Nizza La Crena is pretty at first, but then loses quite a bit of persistence on the mid-palate. Tar, licorice, smoke, plums, incense and French oak come together nicely in this mid-weight, vibrant Barbera. The 2009 could use another year or so to gain complexity, but here too, I see a very good, but not great, vintage of La Crena. The short, attenuated finish is out of character with the best La Crenas. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. ||The biggest news at Vietti is the recent acquisition of new parcels in Brunate and Lazzarito. Finding high quality plots in Piemonte’s grand crus and then financing their purchase is a massive endeavor and a huge accomplishment. Luca Currado is quite open in his view that 2008 was a challenging year in the vineyards, where the constantly changing weather required a nimble, flexible approach. Currado did quite a bit of bleeding to bring his wines into balance. I also tasted all of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Baroli. Of those vintages, the 2010s are shaping up to be heroic wines. Among the new releases I am less enthusiastic about the 2009 Barbere, wines that are very good, but not as exceptional as they so often are. Wine Advocate.April, 2012

The Vietti’s have tended vines in Piedmont for more than 150 years and are blessed with some of the region’s finest vineyard sites. Assiduous attention in the vineyards is key here and the estate was a pioneer in single-vineyard Barolo.“In short, there seems to be no end to this estate’s ambition. Frankly, I wish there were more wineries setting their sights on this level of quality.” Antonio Galloni

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