This wine is powerful and structured, rich in ripe fruit, opulent, spicy and will have a very long life. It is produced in small quantities and only in excellent vintages.
James Suckling – 98 points
The purity to this wine on the nose is fantastic with rose petals, blackberries and blueberries. Very subtle. Tight and linear thanks to super tannin quality and a long, long finish. It goes on for minutes. What enchanting length and persistence here. Better in 2019 but so wonderful now.
Wine Spectator – 93 points
Spicy, warm and dense, with a firm structure lending austerity. Cherry, strawberry, tobacco and earth notes join the spice as this stays tight and vibrant on the finish Best from 2019 through 2032. 13 cases imported.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90 points
The 2012 Barbaresco Il Bricco offers good structure and pretty aromatic layering. Having said that, this vintage does not seem to exhibit the same depth nor the sheer intensity of past vintages. The wine offers distinct, oak-driven notes of cinnamon and tobacco, and these tones will require more time to integrate and soften. Dark fruit and dried cherries remain at its core. The mouthfeel is shapely and generous.