Friday, February 19, 2021

Tenuta Arnulfo Costa di Bussia Barbera d'Alba, 2014

Usually selling for $12 to $16 a bottle, this is one of my favorite low-priced Barberas. It is a good wine for pizza, pasta or even more serious dining.

Medium light ruby, some lightening around the rim. Powerful aromas of dark cherry, flowers, black licorice and a bit of barnyard that is actually quite attractive in the context. Medium bodied. Tannins define the flavors. More cherries and black minerals. Big mouth feel with rustic tannins from the peels rather than oak. Feels like a wine that could age a few more years, but I am not so sure about the balance. Tastes more alcoholic than it actually is (13.5%)

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