1500 extraordinary bottles of Barbera d’Alba “Lirano Soprano” 2007 officially went on the market in September. This wine knows how to wed the potency derived from a warm year and the mellow tannins that result from two years of aging. It is a wine of great impact and to some extent extreme, and it is the only wine in my line that carries out its entire course of aging in small barriques of French oak. If you love the fruit and fragrance of the Barbera, drink it immediately. If instead you would like to appreciate the refinement of the Langa terrains, wait four or five years.
The American journalist Monica Larner, who writes about top wines for the American journal Wine Enthusiast, judged the Soprano 2007 one of the five best Barbera d’Alba wines tasted during her recent visit to Piedmont. And here are the comments, attached.