You get fabulous value here. The Bruna Grimaldi 2017 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Scassa is a dark and thickly concentrated red wine that would make a great choice with savory kitchen favorites like fried chicken or pork roast. The natural darkness of the wine is nicely broken up by the acidic freshness and those pure fruit aromas. It ages in tonneaux for one year, but the oak is seamlessly integrated. Bruna Grimaldi and her team have created a fine Barbera, with 25,000 bottles on the market now. "Scassa" comes from the Italian verb "to break apart," and the name refers to the farming hardships that always result in very low yields. For that reason, this wine is always released as a Barbera d'Alba Superiore, which requires extra months of aging time.
Score: 92 points -- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate, 2020