Bava Barbera d’Asti
Advertising and marketing have given this medium-sized producer a higher profile than many in Piedmont, despite its being closer to Torino than any of the leading wine towns. However there is also serious intent here from the Bava brothers with several good ageworthy Barbera the main quality focus. The two top examples, Pianoalto and Stradivario are particularly impressive. The latter is rich and oaky with a deep smoky, plummy complexity with 6-8 years’ age. Cheaper Arbest and Libera are also good at a lower level. Other wines, including Moscato d’Asti, are less exciting yet lively and fruity. The sweet, fragrant, frizzante red Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco is fun if drunk very young. Barolo is also made.
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