I generally prefer Barbera d'Alba, but this is a special Barbera d'Asti from a Monferrato vineyard in an area that has built a good reputation for Barbera over many decades.
Deep, brilliant ruby with purplish tints. Could be mistaken for a New World red. Raspberries, violets, red currants and spice. No oak here but it has the lush, ripe qualities on the mid-palate that are often associated with oak aging. Characteristic Barbera acidity. Drinking beautifully right now. Captivating finish showing Barbera at its best. This is a bit more expensive ($16 to $18) than the Barberas I usually drink, but it is well worth the premium. I will buy more.