I've become a fan of Barbera, primarily because it's so versatile with food. Like Pinot Noir and Grenache-based wines that I love, it goes with just about anything and is particularly well suited for the vegetable-intensive meals that we usually have at home or on the road.
I ordered a small carafe of this Michele Chiarlo Barbera to go with Bolognese pasta at the excellent Cafe Sante in Boyne City, Michigan. Even though the wine was named (46th) one the Wine Spectator's list of Best Wines of the Year for 2012, it is still relatively inexpensive, selling at retail for $12 to $14. And it is beautiful. Crushed red raspberries with floral and mineral undertones. Very fruit-forward for drinking right now, but I have no doubt that it will become even better with a few years in the bottle. Clean, well defined flavors and a long finish.