In the Piedmont region of Italy, Barbera is generally a second course wine, served with cold meats, pasta, pizza or salads. If you can't decide between a white or red wine, a Barbera such as this Ottone I Piemonte Barbera will meet your needs. It's been fermented and aged in stainless steel with 100% malolactic fermentation.
The color is a deep ruby red with good brightness and bluish tints. Aromas and flavors are wonderfully fruity--dark cherries, strawberries and a hint of purple flowers. Yes, it's almost jammy, and that's part of its charm. But there is also substance and structure from skin and tannins. Bring out the pizza and keep on drinking and enjoying. By the end of the meal, you'll decide that this wine is more than a simple quaff.