This is a $10 Barbera, and I would prefer it any day over just about any $30 California or Australian wine you could put on my table. It's rich, bold, satisfying and a good match for almost any dish--from grilled steak to mushroom risotto.
Deep, dark, bluish. The aromas are immediately captivating--dark cherry, black licorice, rose petals. Piedmont bargain: I can sniff it and pretend there is a Barolo or Barbaresco on the table to follow. No worry; this Barbera will do for tonight. The flavors are there, too. Not a whole lot of tannin, and the alcohol is only 13%. Yet the wine has a "big" feel. Spicy acidity and lots of fruit on the finish.
I keep thinking that I should put some bottles of this Barbera away to see how it develops. But it's so hard to keep my hands (and palate) off of it.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Franco Serra Barbera d'Alba, 2012
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