On our trip to Italy last October, Donna and I stayed four nights at Tenuta Arnulfo near Monforte d'Alba. The Barbera vineyards that produce this Barbera were just outside our door. I chose the place because I have enjoyed the estate's wines, the Barolo as well as the Barbera, for several years. This 2012 is a prime example.
Deep ruby but showing some amber notes with age. The smells are glorious:flowers, red fruits, minerals and black licorice. Could easily be mistaken for Nebbiolo. Even more echoes of Nebbiolo in the mouth. Tannic dryness on mid-palate. getting sweeter toward the finish. The winemaker recommends drinking this Barbera within the first five years of its vintage date, but this eight-year-old is showing quite well. For about $15 a bottle at D&w in Kalamazoo, it's an exceptional value.