L’Enfant Terrible: 2006 Birba, La Gerla, Tuscany

A lovely wine to ease you into Friday afternoon.

Kat and I tasted at La Gerla last week and were very impressed with not only the estate and the wines but also the rather dashing and down-to-earth winemaker/agronomist Alberto Passeri.  With two plots of land either side of the town of Montalcino, they are able to make the most of all conditions and combine the characteristics of both areas to create wines that are both elegant and perfumed with serious concentration and power.  Their top wine is the Riserva di Angeli which comes from a small vineyard in front of the house.  

‘Birba’ is the second wine and means (a bit like the French enfant terrible) ‘smart alec’ in Italian.  Its production is small, selection takes place each year in the vineyard and it simply spends a bit less time in oak than the Brunello.  We tasted the 2007 which was really delicious: dark, developing berry aromas with spicy complexity, attractive oak, leathery and balsamic notes – a silky texture; sweet and spicy on the finish.

The 2006 is currently available to buy now at Lay & Wheeler.  At just £16.50 IB a bottle, this is incredible value for money which is drinking well now but is also structurally suitable to keep for a good few years yet.

2006 Birba, La Gerla, Tuscany

Really deep colour, with intense blackberry and black cherry fruit on the nose and a hint of olive. Lovely richness on a deep and concentrated palate. This has some of the power of Brunello with the classic savoury edge. However, it has a flowing and more supple texture, with lovely balance and silky tannins. Some acidity, but it is the wealth of fruit that dominates the 2006 Birba. Excellent, putting a lot of Brunello di Montalcino in the shade.

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Edwina Watson
Buying Assistant

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