I was surprised to find this Barbera d'Alba for $12, then $10, at Bud and Elsie's (formerly Bacchus) in Kalamazoo. Most Barbera d'Albas (and Barbera d'Astis) are upwards of $20. At the pricel, I thought this was at least worth a try, but tonight's tasting confirmed that it is worth much more than that. Wish I had bought a case.
Medium deep, saturated color. Vibrant aromas typical of Italian reds. Cherry, licorice--bright and lively but also with deep tannic structure from the peels. The dark licorice tones give it backbone but it's countered by plenty of ripe cherry. Lots of depth and interest right now. Dances on the palate.