Bricco Dei Tati Barbera 2011

Another light red opened in recognition of the cooling clime.  While this was not drunk at the Pumpkin Patch Party, I did have it soon thereafter.  With the memory of the Shiraz-Grenache blend still fresh in my mind, I couldn’t help but make a comparison.  Both were light.  Both were fairly fruity and not overly complex.  Both were inexpensive yet entirely drinkable.  Still, although just by a hair, I come out in favor of this simple Italian over the Australian offering.

Winemaker: Bricco Dei Tati
Wine: Barbera
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: Piemonte, Italy DDO
Price: $7.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  The Bricco Dei Tati was purple with the slightest garnet tinge around the edges.  The bouquet brought me blackberry, cherry, and winter spices.  The body was quite light, tannins were light, acidity was fine, and alcohol was at 13%.  When first opened, this Piedmont vino presented blackberry and cherry fruit flavors along with hints of oak and some eucalyptus on the finish.  With a bit of time to breathe, the blackberry dissipated and settled into a core of dark cherry.  I thought it was simple and pleasant.  There are more interesting reds, to be sure, but I got it for $6.99 on sale.   What have I got to complain about?

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