Winemaker: Rocca dell’Olmo
Varietal: Barbera d’Asti
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.
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