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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  • Arneis

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

  • Barbera

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

  • 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 ...

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  • Very interesting, Al.  Thanks for posting.  I have to agree, though, they are pretty proud of their wines, there.  Pretty much above Mark's budget.Although, if I was with you, yesterday, California red wines that I would have considered:Dragonette 2012 John Sebastiano Grenache for $75 (although, I'm 95% sure that the John Sebastiano Vineyard is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Pio Cesare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • My name's Dick and I LOVE wine!I'm still in Seattle, on tablet (don't know how to cut and paste with it), but I can post BC's regulations for interest's sake.  The crappiest wine in BC is actually called Cellared in Canada, but it's typically made entirely of plonk from anywhere but.Christmas gifts I received included a 2001 Bertani Amarone and ... Read More

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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Wine review by anchca


  • G.d. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    Nicely balanced. Slightly savory. Floral and spice notes. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • On Friday night, at my wife's dental office party, there was this Trapiche Cab that I enjoyed quite a bit, although I didn't feel well Saturday morning.  Last night I had a coupe over and we started with the Barbera d'Alba (looking forward to JD's gift!), then the Burrowing Owl "Athene" (Syrah/Cab Sav ), both very nice and followed by the Trapic... Read More

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  • Sorry guys.  I've been doing side-jobs after work to help off-set the inevitable Christmas debt.  My wife had my mother-in-law open my gift and it was HILARIOUS listening to her spell the wine and my wife trying to pronounce it as it became complete.I received a 2011 Giacomo Conterno Cerretta Barbera d'Alba JD, thanks a bunch man!  (yes, I'm THA... Read More

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  • Giovanni Rosso Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita 2011

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    Wine review by lcsw0799


  • I LOVE that last quote!  Huxley wrote a few good books.  Eyeless in Gaza was my favourite.I've never encountered a bottle of wine that contained something other than what the label professed.  Fortunately, all the Brunello, Barolo and Amarone I've had were at least eight to ten years old and were good.  I probably have crappy olive oil though! O... Read More

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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


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