Mercifully we had to taste only 24 wines this morning rather than the 60+ of the previous two days.
There were still far too many wines that had been botoxed by oak and lacked freshness but on the basis of this selection Barbera del Monferrato is richer and more powerful than Barbera d’Asti.
Two wines were for me conspicuous. No. 128 was bright ruby purple, fruity, relatively simple, juicy, unpretentious. What Barbera – and Italian wine – is all about.
The final wine (147) was Nebbiolo-like in its structure and aromas. Not bad at all for grown-up drinkers who can cope with something more than sweet fruit flavours and oak makeup.