Friday, June 5, 2020

Damilano Barbera d'Asti, 2012

Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2017  Front Bottle ShotI 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.

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