Barbera – D’ Asti 2009 – Red Wine Review
From the Label
“Produced from Barbera grapes grown in hillside vineyards in Piemonte’s Asti region this is a juicy red jammed with brambly flavours Aging in French oak barrels and traditional oak vats creates a lovely smooth style which makes this perfect partner to duck or tomato pasta dishes”
A Pleasantly Fruity Red
The Barbera grape was once regarded as rather ordinary being the most commonly planted Piemontese grape but it has been elevated in recent years. This wine is testament to that, coming in at less than £5 within the UK tax band is no small feat for such a wine. It's surprisingly subtle with a berry aftertaste and lingering palate.
Being a sweeter wine, as one expects from the region, I would be unlikely to cook with it but this would make an excellent gift. It would earn a place on my wine shelf had the 2010 not already usurped its place.
An impressive Barbera
Ruby red with violet hues this is an elegant and intense wine with bright berry fruits with softer hints of vanilla and cherry evolve as this red unfolds across the palate. A juicy wine to pair with red sauces and bold meats.
Definitely a bottle to gift or take with you to a dinner party, although a cheaper Barbera D'asti this is still well worth investing in even if you're not looking to Cellar it.