The Sour Grape

Truly Irresistible Barbera d’Asti 2012

Barbera is fast becoming one of my favourite Italian Grape varieties.

Barbera is fast becoming one of my favourite Italian Grape varieties.

Barbera is one of Italy’s hidden grape variety gems from the north-eastern region of Piedmont, often overshadowed by expensive Nebbiolo biased wines (Barolo & Barbaresco)… which is good for us as Barbera makes awesome wine and it’s a whole lot cheaper! Soft pastel black cherry aroma with a hint of spice; ripe black fruit (black cherry, black current) on the palate with good depth and a lively vein of acidity cutting through to a Tobacco leaf/dried fruit finish. A deep and balanced wine with a good concentration of fruit… rich but fresh, perfect for food and pitched just right with integrated tannins that have a faint touch of grip to make the most of some protein. There’s a bit of slate minerality lying at the heart of this wine as well. Very impressive for £7.55 (from The Mighty Co-Op)

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