Tag: Barbera

Fratelli Ponte Barbera D’Asti Superiore 2016, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose cherries, red currants, strawberries, bitter herbs, light wood, licorice, coffee, spices, barnyard, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with tart cherries, strawberries, raspberries, espresso, peppercorn, black tea, vegetables, herbs and spices.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Italian Barbera is a good food wine that will pair very nicely with pizza. Tangy with a light mouthfeel.

A good week day wine, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. I wish I had a pizza.

100% Barbera grapes where aged in oak barrels for 1 year.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$25.

Lapis Luna Wines Red Blend 2017 North Coast, California



Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black cherries, chocolates, coffee, smoke, spices, light wood and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, light wood, licorice, vanilla, tobacco, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice everyday red blend from California. Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Easy drinking, spicy and tangy.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch. Way too easy to drink, so watch out.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese and 10% Barbera.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$15.

Anna Maria Abbona Langhe Rosso Cadò DOC 1999, Langhe, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide light brick rim.

Powerful nose of blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates, black currants, wood, licorice, earth, Indian spices, vinaigrette, forest floor, wet leaves and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, leather, smoke, bell pepper, herbs, coffee, forest floor, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is an aged Barbera from Piedmont, Italy. At this point, it is showing great complexity both on the nose and on the palate.

This 21 year old is over the hill by now, but still drinkable, especially with food. Died after 2 hours of airtime. It is always enjoyable to try these old wines. I loved smelling on it for a long time.

Thank you Paul for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses and olives. Was especially nice with the Brie cheese.

Mostly Barbera grapes with a small portion of Dolcetto. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Oak Farm Vineyards Lodi Barbera 2017, California

A pretty ruby in color.

Strong nose of blueberries, black cherries, strawberries, light oak, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, maple, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, pomegranates, cherries, blackberries, wood, spices, tobacco, chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy strawberries.

This is probably my first time having Barbera from Lodi, California. Well balanced and interesting with a nice mouthfeel.

I could definitely smell and taste Lodi, but I won’t be able to get the Barbera at a blind tasting. Feels like a lighter Zinfandel from Lodi, with more acidity then expected. Definitely has nice acidity for a Lodi red.

Alcohol is high, but not too noticeable. Good by itself or with food. Good for parties too.

Needs an hour to open up properly.

Nice and engaging and easy drinking and a good everyday wine. I paired it with fatty cheeses, almonds and dry fruits.

Mainly Barbera grapes, with a touch of Petite Sirah, were handpicked and aged in French and American oak barrels for 20 months (24% new).

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Trifula Piemonte Rosso 2016 ,Italy

A pretty ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, cherries, light oak, spices, dark chocolates, light alcohol, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, blueberries, light wood, earth, leaves, light licorice, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with soft tannins.

This is a simple and easy drinking red wine from Northern Italy. Fruit forward and good by itself or with food.

Changed every 20 minutes, which was interesting. Really fruity right out of the bottle, and gets more acidic after an hour of airtime.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh berries.

A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

Ricossa Antica Casa Piemont Barbera Appassimento 2015, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with cherries, black plums, sweet blueberries, light earth, chocolates, river rocks, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, blueberries, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather and tobacco.

Nice finish with spices and fine grained tannins.

This is a nice surprise. A very nice Italian Barbera. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel and mild complexity. Tastes like a nice Ripasso.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. This is a fun wine. Fruit forward, engaging and good for parties.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Tank Garage Winery The Art of Surfing Red Blend 2017, California

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose, cherries, strawberries, light wood, earth, spices, herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black cherries, plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, tobacco, graphite, spices and dark chocolates.

Medium length on the finish with fine tannins, chili powder and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting red wine from the Sierra Foothills in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Red fruits on the nose and black fruits on the palate. Nice and engaging, tangy and spicy.

Needs time to open up properly. I decanted it for 45 minutes. Easy to drink, so watch out for the high alcohol.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature, and bring out more complexity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 48% Tempranillo, 39% Sangiovese and 13% Barbera. Only 725 cases made.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

Cossetti Clemente e Figli Barbera D’Asti Superior 2014, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose of cherries, sweet raspberries, strawberries, light wood, licorice, spices, herbs, cherry pie and light black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, eaucaliptus and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This Northern Italy Barbara is drinking nicely now, with interesting acidity and a nice mouthfeel. Feels very fruity for an old world wine.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show all those cherry flavors. I liked it better when chilled.

Good by itself and better with food.
I enjoyed it by the pool, with nice weather and parmesan cheese.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$15.

Cossetti Clemente e Figli La Vinga Vecchia Barbera D’Asti Superior 2014, Italy

Pretty ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, cherries, strawberries, wood, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead, leather, mint and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, tobacco leaf, spices, earth, graphite, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins, black pepper and tangy raspberries.

This Italian Barbera is a good food wine. Showing mild complexity with a soft mouthfeel and bright acidity. Feels more like a new world red wine.

I really liked the nose here. Better after 2 hours in a decanter.

I paired it with charcuterie board of crackers meats and a soft goat cheese.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$15.