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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. 2018 Massolino Barbera d'Alba

    2018 Massolino Barbera d'Alba

    93 Points Huon Hooke
    A rich and brightly fruited Barbera from the Piedmont master, Massolino. This is a value spot in their range, where the humble Barbera grape produces a red wine of real intensity, density and ...
    $32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle
  2. 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
  3. 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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