In the Piedmont area of Italy, Barbera is generally considered a rank below the Nebbiolo wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Yet it's difficult to find a good Barbera d'Alba or Barbera d'Asti in this country less than $20. At $10+ a bottle, this wine from Franco Serra is a notable example.
Beautiful deep ruby. Elegant nose of dark cherries, licorice and flowers--a profile similar to that of Nebbiolo but with considerably less tannic power. Not much tannin but plenty of acid to keep it lively and interesting. Wonderful array of flavors and a persistent, grippy finish. A real gem worth seeking out.