San Silvestro makes an inexpensive Piemonte Barbera that goes well with light vegetable or bean oriented meals. It combines the freshness of a white wine with the substance of a red.
This wine has certainly been made with a great deal of contact with the macerating skins. It's deep, deep ruby and exudes aromas of purple flowers, licorice and grape peels. Even after a couple of years in the bottle, it's still almost fizzy in its acidity, but this is a positive for me. For about half the price, it has many of the dark fruit traits that I expected but did not get from the Vacqueyras below.