Barberas from the Piedmont area of Italy have much in common with Cotes du Rhone Villages wines from Southern France. Both are bold, fruit-oriented wines with enough complexity and interest to make them extremely versatile at the dinner table. Having this wine at the same table with the Gran Passione Barbera d'Asti (below) convinced me that my loyalties still lean toward the Rhone.
Very attractive black pepper qualities here. Also spice, lavender, blue and black fruits. Very clean on the palate with flavors well delineated. Red fruits too with fresh acidity. But still centered around the black licorice/black pepper traits typical of the Vacqueyras appellation. Lovely peppery, spicy finish.