I drank this Barbera with Asian food, Margharita (basil, tomatoes, garlic) pizza and lamb with chick pea stew. It went well with all three, and that is one of the beauties of this inexpensive Barbera. It has enough acidity to be used with white wine dishes and enough black fruit substance to match up with lamb or beef dishes.
The color is a very deep crimson, no change from previous bottles. Although I ordinarily drink this wine young, I suspect it might take on some nuances with a couple of years of age. Aromas and flavors are of dark cherries, licorice and roses. It has an almost aggressive attack without overpowering vegetable dishes; the ripe fruit sort of overpowers all else. Very pleasant, but right now this wine is a bit one dimensional, particularly compared to the Cotes du Rhone and Ventoux described above.