Barbera d'Asti Wine

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Barbera d’Asti is a red wine produced in and around the town of Asti, in the Piedmont region of Italy. Barbera, from which it is made, has been growing in the region for centuries. It’s a much easier varietal to cultivate than the regional big boy Nebbiolo. For this reason, when the Pylloxera crisis hit Piedmont in the late 1800s, Barbera was among the first to be replanted, and in many instances, replaced plantings of Nebbiolo. The region was awarded DOCG, the highest classification, in 2008. 
While Barbera is found throughout Italy, the Piedmont Barberas (Alba, Monferrato and Asti) are considered the finest, and Barbera d’Asti has its own unique characteristics. It’s grown in the slopes surrounding Asti and Allesandria, which are more open than its neighboring vineyards in Alba. Unlike the Alba DOC, Barbera d’Asti is a minimum 75% Barbera, with 15% allowable Freisa, Grignolino and/or Dolcetto. Asti wines tend to be light and fruity, with more approachable Read more »

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  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Ruché

    Controllata (DOC) status by presidential decree on October 22, 1987. The current DOC recognized area of production fo...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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  • Alfiero Boffa

    Alfiero Boffa specialized in the production of Barbera d'Asti superiore when, in 1984, he set out...

  • Marchesi Alfieri

    The Marchesi Alfieri wine estate with its historic cellars is located amongst the heights in the ...

  • Alfonso Boeri

    In the charming hamlet of Bionzo, located in the winemaking town of Costigliole d'Asti, the Boeri...

  • Braida di Bologna Giacomo

    Appellation: Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Produced using grapes: 100% Brachetto Harvest: End of A...

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  • Prunotto Barbera d'Asti Fiulot 2012


    Nicely floral on the nose with streaks of blue fruit, a whiff of smoke and some ash and tart black currant fruit rounding out the aromas. Round fresh and zesty in the mouth, this shows nice depth on the palate and is almost rustic in an attractive way showing savory complexity and attractive nuance. On the palate the acid really drives the wine ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Coppo Barbera d'Asti Camp du Rouss 2009


    Dark, earthy and funky on the nose this shows Barbera as the fruit begins to fade leaving behind complex spice, earth, and dried red and black fruit aromas along with some obvious VA. Smooth, supple and polished in the mouth, while the fruity aromas have faded significantly here the plummy, slightly dried cherry flavors remain on the palate alon... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti la Crena 2010


    Lots of red fruit shows up on this sweet nose which picks up a little forest floor and clay soil notes with air. A Touch soft for Barbera, with soft tannins lending this a velvety, easy to drink texture. Lots of plummy, red fruit is large scaled and fresh in the mouth with those tiny tannins making this fun to drink but the finish, slightly jamm... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Prunotto Barbera d'Asti Fiulot 2012


    Bottling the 2013 now, to be released in 6 weeksVery floral on the nose, which shows a bit of freshly ground coffee and black spice along with a hint of fish sauce, though it remains tight and earthy. Clean fresh and bright in the mouth and displaying absolutely pure fruit, this is very pretty with juicy acids that are very Barbera. This still h... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Prunotto Costamiole Barbera d'Asti 2009


    100% new barriqueSmoky but briary on the nose with obvious wood spice supporting rich, dark fruit, this wraps everything up in a gauze of cocoa and tobacco. Rich with fruit, and just a touch softer than one might like yet retaining plenty of acidity, this offers clear and slightly chewy plummy fruit with hints of red currant and raspberries on t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Oddero Barbera d'Asti 2011


    With aromas of cherry, game, balsam, fresh flowers, and sour plum on the nose this shows attractive aromatic complexity. Backed up with power and nuance in the mouth, this is powerful, smooth, and easy going up front, with darker fruit and minerality emerging later on the palate, which is long and finishes with focus and layers of dried red frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • You´re right guys. So better comments for the Piedmont wineries:Vini Rovero a few steps from the Asti is very nice winery where you can taste good wines and also excellent grappa, because they have also the "Grapperia". More on the South you can find the Marchesi Alfieri winery, set in San Martino Alfieri - there you can taste perfect and noble ... Read More

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  • Castello del Poggio Barbera Barbera d'Asti 2012


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    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2012


    Enjoyed at Arnaud's New Orleans, paired well enough with the French-Creole cuisine. Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Vietti Barbere d'Asti Tre Vigne 2010


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    Wine review by karamoore

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