Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

Top 5 Barbera (My top picks from recent releases)

Barbera, a wine that's great at the table or for summer sipping.  At its best, it's a fresh and berry laden wine with brisk acidity that pairs great with foods from the grill, vegetables, red sauces and, of course, pizza.  However, there's a lot of Barbera to choose from and they are not all created equal.  After tasting over thirty new releases, I came up with my top five picks.  Each are well worth their tariff.  Enjoy.

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Guidobono Barbera (2010)
Comments: The nose showed a mix of ripe crushed berries with cinnamon and spice, floral notes and hints of herbs. On the palate it had a medium body and filled the senses with silky black and red fruits, yet remained juicy and focused throughout. The finish showed tart cherry, which lingered on the palate complemented by a hint of tannin.
Average price: $11.99 from 1 store
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2 Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre 10 (2009)
Comments: The nose showed ripe red berries and slight confectionary notes with spice and sawdust. On the palate, it was dark and spicy with a dollop of fresh acidity and soft textures yielding red and black fruits. The finish was dry, showing medicinal cherry and dark chocolate. It was easy to drink and refreshing.
Average price: $23.51 from 3 stores
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3 La Casaccia Giuanin Barbera del Monferrato (2010)
Comments: The nose showed alpine notes of tart red berries, herbs, wild flowers and hints of pepper. On the palate, it was smooth yet intense with focused raspberry fruit and gripping tannin which fleshed out nicely toward the back palate. The finish was medium-long with lingering acidity and tart red berries.
Previously available for $11.99
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4 Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei (2009)
Comments: The very attractive nose showed spiced berries, herbs and leather. On the palate, it was intense yet silky, with tart berries and spice, softening acidity, and excellent balance. The finish was lingering with dark fruits, not long but very smooth.
Previously available for $14.99
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5 Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba (2010)
Comments: The nose showed pretty red berries, hints of herbs and grasses yet somehow subdued. On the palate, it was soft and balanced with great textures, red berries and menthol, as the fruit turned tart. The finish showed fresh cherry. This was an elegant and complete wine, yet nothing stood out to me.
Average price: $34.19 from 4 stores
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  • 154660zinfandel1 Eric Do you think Barbera from California are at the same level as the Italian Barbera.? An example of a California Barbera that I enjoyed came from Uvaggio Winery which I thought was pretty good.

  • 640513Anna Savino I don't think it is a matter of "same level". Barbera changes a lot by adapting to its terroir so it totally changes. The California Barberas that I have tried are from Amador Valley and the mountain AVAs and they were completely different. Fuller bodied, less acid but still very good. Obviously my palate is used to Barberas D'Asti, and Alba so I prefer the acidity here. Keep trying some more and let us know!

  • 154660zinfandel1 Anna Savino Thanks for your input. I will keep trying some more.

  • 640513Anna Savino If you ever get a chance try Vajra Barbera Superiore 2008 or 2009 ... it is a berry nectar! amazing! Now I am drinking Burlotto Barbera which is pretty damn good too! :) cin cin

  • 92549Eric Guido yes, i've had the Vajra and I love it. I just wish it was easier to find. I'm also a huge fan of their Nebbiolo.

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