A nice companion to a Toulouse-style cassoulet, the Paolo Conterno 2018 Barbera d'Alba La Ginestra shows depth and richness that warms over all the senses. With ripe, luscious fruit and a 15% alcohol content, the wine is broad and amply fleshed out showing dark blackberry, cherry confit, spice and baked plum. There is a point of sweetness and softness on the close, yet the natural freshness of the Barbera grape also comes through, especially on the finish. This was a release of about 9,000 bottles.

Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (89)