There seem to be an increasing number of $10 to $12 Barberas on the market right now. This is a good example, ready to drink and give pleasure whether you open it tonight or five years from now.
This is not Barolo or Barbaresco, but it has many of the same haunting qualities: dark cherries, roses, dark tones of licorice. I love it. Licorice in front, cherries on the finish. Pleases and teases the palate from front to back. Not very tannic but good acidity for aging...or for current drinking.
Other Barberas in this price range that I have enjoyed include Franco Serra, Michele Chiarlo, Cost di Bussia and Marchesi di Barolo.