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Barbera

Once Italy’s most-planted red, now Barbera plays second fiddle to Piedmont neighbour, Nebbiolo. Compared with Nebbiolo, Barbera it is less impressive but less aggressive, with silker plum/berry fruit and notably less tannin. High acid means Barbera can feel tart - especially young - but this suits food and can bring out earthy mineral and dark chocolate nuances. Toasty oak too: Barbera’s low skin tannins can force lesser wines to rely on tannins from barrel. Still giving colour to blends from Emilia-Romagna to as far south as Puglia, Sicily and even Sardinia, Barbera’s high acid at ripeness has - far from chilly Piedmont - encouraged moderate success in distant hot climates Australia, California and Argentina. 

Barbera

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  1. 2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barbera d'Alba

    2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barbera d'Alba

    92 Points John Caro
    An immensely rich and lush Barbera from a superb collective in Piedmont. The Arnaldi Rivera label sources from a collective of growers, some of whom are dotted in the rolling hills of the Alba ...
    $34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle
  2. 2016 Cantina Del Pino Barbera d'Alba

    2016 Cantina Del Pino Barbera d'Alba

    92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    This Barbera from Italy's Piedmont is beautifully lush and bright. Quality fruit is lovingly hand harvested by the Vacca family, who have been on these legendary hillsides for more than a ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Vietti Barbera Scarrone

    2016 Vietti Barbera Scarrone

    John’s Picks
    91 Points Decanter
    A premium Barbera from Piedmont's leading specialist in the variety. Vietti makes almost as many Barbera as Barolo wines, such is his commitment to this 'minor' variety. The wonderful Scarrone ...
    $69.99 in mixed 6+ or $77.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Vietti Barbera Scarrone Vigna Vecchia

    2016 Vietti Barbera Scarrone Vigna Vecchia

    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A truly superb old vine Barbera from one the masters. This select wine is made from a tiny vineyard of little over an hectare, where they get extremely low yeilds of below 4 ton/hectare, due to ...
    $90.00 in mixed 6+ or $100.00 per bottle

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