Good bright medium red. Red fruits, dried flowers, wild herbs and truffley underbrush on the complex, showy nose. Gives a strong impression of extract on entry, then shows excellent tension and vinosity to its concentrated fruit and earth flavors. A step up in density from the foregoing wines. Tactile and gripping for the year, with a bright future.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2013
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Asili is an impeccable wine and a masterpiece in its own right. It is among my top picks in 2009 Barbaresco. The wine exhibits a pristine, focused quality that is contrasted majestically against soft fruit and round spice flavors. The quality of fruit is bright, tonic and infused with vitality. That liveliness is reinforced by delicate aromas of pressed violet, white truffle, cola, dried ginger and exotic spice. The Riserva Asili delivers enormous elegance and long aging potential.
Author: Monica Larner
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
This rich version is full of cherry and berry fruit, with tobacco and leather hints. A traditional style, with dry tannins on the finish. Balanced, but needs time for the sweet fruit and tannins to meld. Best from 2016 through 2028. 1,083 cases made.