Aromas of tobacco, dust, black currants and perfumed cola. Soft tannins back notes of currants and blackberries with an edge of blueberries. There is a brightness to this Barbera up front with a leathery element front to back. Nice balance of acid, fruit and tannins with an earthy, leather driven finish. For ten bucks, you are getting some old world wine with enough fruit to make it pleasing to the majority of those who will drink it. This if the first Barbera from Italy that I have tasted at this price with this quality of juice. The best “bang-for-the-buck” I’ve seen so far in 2014… (B+)
Barbera is the main table wine of families in Northern Italy. During a conversation with Kermit Lynch, a famous importer of French and Italian wines, he told me that when he visited the wine makers in Northern Italy, all they served with their meals was Barbera (as far as red wine of course). It’s perfect with most foods including beef, foul and lamb along with a host of other dishes. For the price, one could afford to have this wine as an everyday red.
Cheers! Stan The Wine Man
Distributed by American Northwest Distributors (Seattle, WA)