Rocca dell’Olmo Barbera d’Asti 2010

Another “old world” red available at a very modest price in my local “new world” store.

Winemaker:  Rocca dell’Olmo
Varietal:  Barbera d’Asti
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  Barbera d’Asti DOCG, Italy
Price:  $5.49 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This Barbera is made by Terre da Vino in Barolo (Cuneo) from 100% Barbera grapes.  According to what I understand, the Barbera d’Asti rules would allow up to 15% of other varieties (Freisa, Grignolino or Dolcetto).  But here we have a true varietal wine.   On the nose of this light-bodied red I caught whiffs of dark berries and spice.  In the glass it was a very pretty deep ruby color.  On first pour it seemed I was going to be getting another light jammy, fruity Barbera.  Which, by the way, is not a bad thing – especially at this price point.  But with some oxidation, the fruits actually receded some into primarily dark cherry with some blackberry notes.  What came to the fore, however, was a distinct cola flavor.  Sipping this Barbara was at times almost like having a cherry cola – without the carbonation but with 13% ABV.  Not a bad trade-off, right?   Once it settled, there weren’t really any noticeable tannins except some eucalyptus on the finish which can linger.  It’s simple.  It’s light.  I think it would be good with burgers (maybe not the double bacon, mushroom, Gruyere burgers for which you’d want something stouter), pasta, or even Beef Stroganoff.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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