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

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  • 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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  • Hilberg-Pasquero

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

  • Cantina Monti

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

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  • Prunotto Barbera Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo 2011

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    An initial whack of wood hits the nose, just too oaky and raw. Once you get past that there is a honeycomb like floralish aroma here, dominated by violets layered atop black currant, and jammy black fruit on the nose with hint of fresh leather and shoe polish. On the palate the fruit does shine through, framed by sweet toasty oak flavors, tart b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oddero Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    Nicely focused on the nose with dark floral notes a little earthy, dark plummy fruit, and a little mineral top note. In the mouth this is very clean, fresh and bright, with a character that is a touch on the simple, easy going side. Theres nice earthy length here and fine purity to the fruit which is tense and shows a nice mineral edge, growing ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia 'Ciabot del Fi' Barbara d'Alba 2011

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    From the Brea vineyard in Serralunga, aged in mid sized barrels and SS,A bit tarry and balsamic on the nose with hints of pine cone and pignoli along with a little VA lifted gamy and sour plummy fruit. This is already showing some evolution on the nose. Quite beefy on entry with powerful fruit, good acids but well integrated in the small red f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brovia Barbera d'Alba Sori del Drago 2012

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    Ash greets the nose with a hint of redux along with aromas of ink, very black fruit, and a little pepperoni Rich with some breadth on entry followed by bright cutting acids supporting very pure black plum skin and black berry that is bright and energetic. Theres a hint of mintiness here on the backend that leads to a long acid driven sour cherry... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Aged in concrete and in SSFinely focused on the nose with floral laced high toned, black fruit. In the mouth one finds a clean and fresh feel that shows off the classic weight of Barbera. Theres just a hint of flesh, soft tannins, good obvious but not high acid all supporting lovely pure of fruit on the palate. Finishing firmly this unfolds in ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ferdinando Principiano Barbera d'Alba Laura 2012

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    Tight with a little sweetness on the nose and the graphite I find typical of barbera aged in stainless steel. Delicate, juicy, and with fabulous purity in the mouth this is a bit simple with midpalate flavors of ivy and black cherry but with fabulous body Finishing with acid and a lovely gentle sweetness to the black cherry fruit, this is long ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Burlotto Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Gorgeous on the nose, just classic Barbera with hints of tart blueberry, mulberry, a whisper of smoke and just gorgeous precise aromas of something sweet, with hints of dried berry fruit, and coffee toned shoe leather. Bright on entry, rich, even broad in the mouth. this is fruit driven, and just joyous in the mouth, showing zesty on the back en... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cerretta 2012

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    Dark, spicy and soil driven on the nose with a hint of sweet vanilla candy framing rich dark fruit. Delivering lots of fruit on the attack, this fills the mouth with big plum fruit and shows a hint of black currant jam. Texturally this is quite round, with some tannins contributing to a feel that is a bit chewy and chunky. The acids kick in on t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Guido Porro Barbera Barbera d'Alba Santa Caterina 2013

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    2 or 3 months in botteTight, focused and pure on the nose with beautiful aromas of violet tinged black plum and black currant fruit. Bright, lean brilliant fruit greets the palate, edgy with such cut, freshness and purity to the plum skin and earthy raspberry fruit. Quite long on the palate, racy and focused with a hint of minerality on the fini... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone 2011

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    Tight and sweet on the nose with an oaky overlay of vanilla and spice laying atop the core of black fruit. Supple and old viney in the mouth, this has super fine tannins supporting big and dense liquory black cherry fruit that shows a bit of sour plum in the mouth. Big fruit, density and power in the mouth are trademarks of this wine along with ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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