The Sour Grape

M&S Barbera D’Asti 2013

A deceptively complex Italian table wine from M&S; poised with both concentrated fruit and a lifted floral aroma.

A deceptively complex Italian table wine from M&S; poised with both concentrated fruit and a lifted floral aroma.

This is a good value Italian wine from the northwest of the country will make a cracking mid-week pasta wine. In the glass it has a medium ruby colour with a pink rim and black cherry, black currant, blackberry fruit aroma with soft vanilla and a violet floral note. On the palate there’s a fresh acidity and an intense lifted perfumed quality to the concentrated sour black cherry and quince fruit and spicy liquorish core that reminds me of a Shiraz/Viognier blend. The alcohol is 14%, though it comes across as balanced with its heat well disguised by the concentration of fruit. All in all another good value Italian table wine from M&S, albeit one with a lighter body than I’d expect from a Barbera. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they snuck a tiny percentage of the local white variety, Cortese, into the wine. This is a deceptively complicated wine; easily quaffable but spend a little time with it and there are layers of developing fruit starting to gain a baked quality, especially on the finish. £9 a bottle from M&S (£7 on offer).

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