Barbera d'Alba Wine

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Barbera d’Alba is a DOC in the northwest region of Piedmont, Italy. The wine is produced from 100% Barbera planted in and around the town of Alba, on the steep slopes of vineyards which often share soil with Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. Barbera is an ancient grape which has thrived in the region for centuries. Though the earliest written accounts come relatively late. 13th century documents from the Casale Monferrato have details of leasing agreements for vineyards planted with “de bons vitibus barbexinis,” which is Barbera. In 1798 Count Novolune, the deputy director of the agrarian society of Turin, named Barbera as one of the grapes in his list of varietals growing in Piedmont. When the Phylloxera crisis hit Piedmont in the late 1800s, Barbera was given precedence over many other red varietals because of its easy maintenance and penchant for high yields. For this reason, Barbera is styled as both popular everyday table wine as well as fine aged Superiore, which is aged for a minimum Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Barbera d'Alba View all

  • Cortese

    Cortese is a minor grape grown in the Piedmont region of Italy, used to make that region’s dry white wine known as ‘G...

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s. Today, many call Arneis the most interesting ...

  • Muscadelle

    It is unclear how Muscadelle made its way to Australia. The country has been famous for its excellent sweet wines sin...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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...

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  • Cantina Monti

    Located at Monforte d'Alba, in the heart of the Langhe hills, the estate was founded in 1996, wh...

  • Hilberg-Pasquero

    The Casa Pasquero Farm was founded in the early 20th century on a hilltop in Bricco Gatti. Follow...

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their absolute drinking prime. Wish the shop was just down the street from me, rather than the ones that are. But then I'd have to live in NYC.  ;-(I love it when a guy drops 100 cases on a shop, just to 'make some space" in his cellar. Wonder what's going to be filling th... Read More

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  • Now these are proper weekend wines (or birthyear wines: see multiple candidates for a daughter and a girlfriend and a sister in there). Nice of Chambers Street to ensure that they're properly aged, too.  ;-) The original carton for Burlotto 1971 Barolo Barale, Burlotto, Cappellano - and some other fine old Piedmont wineThree of our great favorit... Read More

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  • So much good value in Italy...I feel $20-25 spent on Italian wine is on such a higher level than that of California. Why is that? Is it because the land values are such in CA that the grape prices need to be high to justify the land holding costs? Perhaps a portion of that along with the price of skilled labor, and general abundance of quality s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have neighbors who can cook and who appreciate my wine...makes for a nice group effort.Not much time to go over everything in detail, but I continue to enjoy 2011 Barbera d'Alba, and also the 2011 Tommasi Soave that I picked up last minute was a real surprise. I'll be buy... Read More

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  • Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia 1980

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    Immediately complex on the nose with complex aromas of iron, mint, nettles coffee bean, roses and spice accenting a core of rusty red fruit. This is a big wine and it needs more time but over the course of an hour it reveals powerful and medicinal black fruit flavors in a style that remains masculine yet elegant and refined. A burst of sliced o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rivetto Barbera d'Alba Nemes 2010

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    Loved this Barbera from rivetto. A wonderful wine that still has good acidity and some herbaceous and savoury notes for complexity. Garnet colour; slightly transparent in the glass. Big nose with lots of fresh cherry fruit. Some delicate and well integrated tannin. We were happy to drink it by itself. Also paired well (but not excellently) with ... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Barbera d'Alba. Pio Cesare 2011

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    =2011 Portacomaro. Supposedly low in tanins & a good "house wine". Read More

    Wine review by MrsVolovar


  • Ferdinando Principiano Barbera d'Alba Laura 2010

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    £14.312011Bit dissapointing . Left it to wait a while but didnt particularly improve. Not the depth that you'd hope for. Just not very exciting. Read More

    Wine review by RichAd


  • Burlotto G.B. Barbera d'Alba 2008

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    Lacks a bit of freshness on the nose, with a bit of wood spice and raw wood tones with a really intense rose top note. Lush and sexy on the palate with a velvety feel to the dense but not heavy mid-palate that is full of rich, dark flavors. The fruit is a bit jammy, dark cherry tones, and framed with spicy wood tones. The wood contributes some t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Burlotto G.B. Barbera d'Alba Aves 2010

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    Darker and more mineral and balsamic than the Barbera dAlba with a little rosehip, accenting a core of black fruit. Bright on entry, and even a bit weighty with obvious richness to the plummy fruit. The mid-palate has a bit of a matte feel though it turns fresher on the backend and through the raspberry finish which has a lingering edge of swee... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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