The 2003 Villa Bricco Dani Barbera d'Asti Superiore is a true Piedmontese classic. It is a wine born of an excellent vintage on the slopes of one of the world's finest terroir. When the sun, the moon, the stars, and the weather align as they did in 2003, no place on earth produces better Barbera than Italy's Piedmont. Moreover, Bricco Dani is this producer's finest wine and the ultimate expression of Barbera d'Asti. The scion of the finest grapes, natural yeasts, four gentle rackings, and a 14 month hiatus in traditional barriques, the 2003 Bricco Dani possesses great intensity and finesse as well as a myriad of well integrated flavors, all set in a silky smooth texture. In the words of one panel member, "the 2003 Bricco Dani could break your heart. It is so lush, plush, and well-endowed, but it keeps slipping away ever so ostensibly down my throat." Indeed, this is an easy wine to love. The 2003 Bricco Dani tantalizes the senses with plenty of luxuriously ripe fruit that seems infused with the essence of forest woodlands, truffles, violets, and even the captivating savor of oriental spice. Better still, the longer one allows the 2003 Bricco Dani to breathe the more complex and voluptuous it becomes. For optimal enjoyment, we strongly recommend decanting the Bricco Dani for the purpose of aeration and to limit the harmless, tartrate sediment that may appear due to the wine's natural, unmanipulated upbringing. In addition, our preference is to serve the 2003 Bricco Dani Barbera d'Asti Superiore fairly cool (60°-65° F) in order to unleash completely the litany of ripe, textured flavors that make this wine the envy of Barbera aficionados and producers the world over. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2011.