What We Say 2004 Barbera d'Alba Delia
Friends of Your L.A. – If you are visiting us for the first time, Welcome! The Wine Spies feature one exceptional wine each day – and we only bring you wines that we ourselves seek out and love. Always, the wines are great. Sometimes greater than great, as is the case with today’s wine from Reverdito Michele. Be sure to read our mission report for the complete background on the Your L.A. operation.
Mission Codename: Spies in L.A.
Operative: Agent White, Agent Gold and a New Recruit
Objective: Expose the Underground L.A. Wine Scene
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Reverdito Michele
Wine Subject: 2004 Barbera d’Alba Delia
Winemaker: Michele Reverdito
Backgrounder: While many dismiss Barbera, it is the most prolific and the greatest of Barbera grapes in all of the Piedmont are from Alba. The best of Barbera is, like this wine, the Barbera d’Alba which can match any Barolo or Barbaresco in terms of overall quality. Barbera d’Alba is characteristically rich and full of flavor and makes up just a small percentage of the total production of the region.
Barberas are usually quite acidic when young and therefore, in our opinion, are improved with age, when the colors, aromas and flavors integrate. They are usually ruby red in color, with solid fruit of raspberries and tart pomegranates. When young they are lighter, fresh and fruity.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Ruby red and garnet hues and excellent clarity with pink edges and springy surface that is quite luminescent.
Smell – Intense, but balanced fruit including tart blackberries with additional layers of toasted and slightly smokey oak, hints of earth and herbal licorice.
Feel – Smooth but solid and structured tannins and bright acidity.
Taste – Tart cherries and blackberries dominate initially, followed by layers of oak, and earthy quality and a slight herbal and licorice hints.
Finish – Long, smooth and somewhat dry in finish, that teases you with its hints of fruit and a smokiness.
Conclusion – The 2004 Reverdito Michele Barbera d’Abla Delia is an excellent single vineyard Barbera. While Barberas are generally overlooked for the so-called more elegant Barolos or feminine Barbarescos, this wine stands on its own with true varietal character, solid bouquet, and flavors. It is full-bodied and yet still bright. This is a wine that will complement a wide variety of foods and certainly belongs on your personal wine list.
Having just returned from several long missions in Italy and France, I was anxious to get back to our Southern California operations center. Life on the road can be taxing, and I was looking forward to sleeping in my own bed for the first time in weeks.
Within minutes of walking into the door, my cell phone rang. “Agent White,” the voice asked, recognizing it as Agent Pinot, “yes, Pinot, what can I do for you?” We have an urgent dispatch and need you to scope out a prospective new asset." “When,” I asked, “Now, as it get your self rolling, haven’t you checked your voice mail?” Pinot questioned.
“No, I just got in, you know that,” I responded. "Doesn’t that Blackberry of yours work?, Agent Gold is waiting for you at the 3rd Stop Gastropub (satellite photo), get down there now and bring that bottle of 2004 Reverdito Michele Barbera d’Alba Delia you’re stashing away with you, and yes, we’ve been watching, as he laughed in his trademark sinister manner."
The 3rd Stop, is my local watering hole wine bar. Known to be frequented by several of our assets, we had a potential new recruit to ‘evaluate’. "How did he know about the Reverdito, I thought to myself… I thought I had been careful, I was planning on saving this one for dinner with Agent Blush.
I walked in and Agent Gold met me at the door. She had done her homework and was, as usual, wearing her signature gold boots – only in L.A., but that’s what makes life here fun. “Has Pinot brought you up to speed,” she asked. The puzzled look on my face, as answer enough.
As it turns out, The Wine Spies had been under surveillance by another ‘spy’ organization. This one the local folks at Your L.A. Your L.A.’s mission is to spy out all that is cool in the Los Angeles area and we had been on their radar. They sent an operative to see if The Wine Spies had what it takes.
With pleasantries aside, and our initial evaluation done, we popped open the wine. I had hoped to get a chance to keep this one for myself. Everyone knows my love for Italian wines, but like most wines, they are best enjoyed with friends, and this was no exception. Agent Gold, and Agent Rose (as our Your L.A. asset will now be named) loved the wine. And for good reason.
It is wines like today’s from Reverdito Michele that make The Wine Spies unique. This wine is only available through us, by way of top secret negotiations with the winery and importer. If you want to know how we are able to covert operatives so quickly, get yourself a bottle, and the answer will become apparent.
The Wine Spies looks forward to having several Your L.A. operatives join us on our mission of discovering the exceptional wines, with great undercover deals, once each day…
Local agents and operatives can find The Wine Spies regularly at the 3rd Stop – if you are ever in the area, drop on by for a glass and perhaps a TOP SECRET tasting.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Alba region in the Piedmont of Northwest Italy can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
Rare Wine Alert:
Like many of the wines we feature, today’s selection is extremely rare is may only be available in the United States through The Wine Spies; however, our allocation is extremely limited so be sure to stock up on this great wine now.
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Awards & Accolades:
Three Stars – Recommended – Decanter Magazine – ‘Smokey oak, Firm acidity with good weight of black fruit…’
The Reverdito 2004 Barbera is a full flavored Barbera with a lot of fruit in the mouth feel, and substantial acidity which lends itself to pasta and Italian dishes with tomato sauces.
About This Wine:
In 1999 Michele, with the help of his father, Silvano, began transforming the farm/company, which back then was predominantly zootechnics, into viticulture. The cellar was set up in 2000, the first year of wine-making. To the old vineyards in Rivalti di La Morra, precisely on the Bricco Cogni, in the locale of Formica e Butti, some others were added, for a total of 20 hectares with grapes growing on them) hectares. Currently, the company works 40 hectares scattered around the areas of La Morra, Verduno and Serralunga d’Alba, of which 20 are vineyards. Michele Reverdito, the current owner of the business, is personally involved in all operations in the cellar helped by his sister Sabina, and in the vineyard, he is assisted by his parents, Silvano and Maria.
We are a little family cellar near La Morra, in a little hamlet called Rivalta. Our vineyards, especially composed by Nebbiolo da Barolo, are altogether 20 ha in the are of La Morra and Serralunga d’Alba.
Michele, owner of the farm, mainly works in the cellar helped by his sister Sabina; the jobs outside in the vineyards, instead, are followed by his parents Silvano and Maria.
Michele, took over the responsibility of the family domain and devotes himself to producing well-balanced and elegant wines in the purest Piedmont tradition. The production does not exceed 3,000 bottles per cuvée and this young producer is quite promising. His wines are definitely worth discovering.
The 2000 has been the first year of vinification.
The wines we produce and sell are traditional reds:
- Barbera d’Alba DOC
- Dolcetto d’Alba Superiore DOC
- Verduno Pelaverga DOC
- Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
- Barolo DOCG
About The Region:
One often associates this region with its greatest wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. However, these two famous wines only appeared during the second half of the 19th Century. Piedmont is home to a large number of very old vineyards. Thanks to the Alps in the North-West, the climate is very good for vineyards, especially in the hills of the southern half, in the provinces of Cuneo, Asti, Alba and Dogliani in the Langhe and in Montferrat.
Designation: Barbera d’Alba DOC
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Varietals: Barbera 100%