93 points Wine Enthusiast
"Aromas of wild berry, violet and dark spice mingle with earthy notes of truffle and a hint of game. On the savory palate, bright acidity accompanies juicy morello cherry, black raspberry and star anise along with a hint of eucalyptus. Polished tannins provide lithe support." *Editors' Choice*
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The Barbera planet is a big one, and creating territorial identity here through the production of single-vineyard expressions is important. This area, Nizza, has more limestone soil compared to others throughout the region, and it is a difficult appellation with severely limited yields. To make a Nizza you really need to make wine well. The 2016 Nizza Cipressi is a beautiful one for sure: full, soft and generous. It spends 12 months in large oak casks. This should be a good value buy and a nice pairing with dried salami and cold cuts."
90 points Wine Spectator
"Though dense and packed with blackberry, blueberry and spice flavors, this red is also vibrant and nimble. A solid backbone of tannins suggests this should evolve slowly. Drink now through 2025."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Barbera from the better exposed vineyards; vineyards of reference on the La Court estate. Soil: Called the ‘astiane sands'’, it consists of calcareous clay marl of sedimentary marine origin, with good presence of lime and sand, rich in microelements, in particular magnesium. Tasting Notes: Intense ruby red. Surprising for its clarity and elegance, red fruit, mature cherry, raspberry and the sweet notes of tobacco. Complex, structured and impresses for its fresh softness and roundness; pleasing savoury finish