Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Le Orme, 2013

I usually prefer Barbera d'Alba, but this is a good example of the refined, elegant style that is more associated with Barbera d'Asta.

Medium deep garnet. Brilliant hue. Even without decanting, lovely scents of cherries, flowers, baking spices. Walks with a light step. More acid than tannin but flavors shine through. A versatile wine--good with Middle Eastern beef gallaya and also with pesto pasta and green salad. Perfect right now. Great value and widely available for $12 to $15 a bottle.

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