Voerzioâ€™s outrageous and irresistible 2001 Barbera dâ€™Alba Riserva Vigneto Pozzo dellâ€™Annunziata explodes out of the glass with sensations of spices, toasted oak, chocolate and minerals, followed by masses of rich, extracted dark jammy fruit that coat the palate. Despite its utterly decadent and hedonistic qualities, this wine is superbly balanced, with serious structure, tremendous length and an inviting finish. On the second day, the overt oakiness in the wine had receded. In its place a very pretty mineral note emerged, and the wine appeared even longer and more complex than when first opened. Aged for 1Â½ years in 100% new barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2013.
Fantastic aromas of blackberries and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Serious wine indeed, as always. In fact, this is the best ever for this amazing low-yield wine. Best after 2005. 250 cases made. â€“JS