Barbera

Common synonyms: Besgano, Barbera e Raspo, Lombardesca, Perricone, Gaietto, Ughetta, Pignatello, Barberone

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
 
History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fourth most planted grape in all of Italy. 7th century Lombard historian, Paul the Deacon, wrote that the Lombard troops defeated the Franks at the Battle of Refrancore after getting them schnoggered on the local wine, which was likely Barbera. The jugs had been scattered all over the field and the Franks willingly drank from them, and lost their coordination. 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 “Vitis vinifera Montisferratensis,” the grapes surrounding Read more »

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Shake Ridge Ranch Barbera 2017

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    Medium-bodied wine with a "thin" mouthfeel. Big red fruit on entry--cherry, raspberry. A bit spritzy suggesting acid, but that doesn't seem to show up with tartness in the fruit. Some minerality or steeliness. An OK, but not complex, at all. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Michele Chiarlo la Court Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • I agree.  I was able to find a Tedeschi Amarone 2013 for a recent virtual ... choose the best available Barbera or the oldest available Brunello or Sangiovese-based Tuscan.Also, for many, Barolos became very expensive - as did the better Tuscans (Brunello).  But these Italian thoroughbreds do seem to require 8-10 years of bottle aging.  This p... Read More

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  • The Ojai Vineyard Barbera Rich Vineyard 2017

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    I had this last night, and, so, I'm going from memory. Fruit flavor of cranberry. Then, mid-palate, a sensation of cinnamon. Quite pleasant. Modest leve of acid, and quite light tannin. This wine surprised me with its mouthfeel and body. Quite nice. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • VV, you seem quite partial to certain Paso Robles producers.  I think the ... today I tried a very good Barbera d'Alba (you missed the virtual tasting, and warned us about that).  This was by Vietti and for me, it is something a bit, if not completely different.  You can check out my comments and pictures on Big Al's site, or look at the revie... Read More

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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2017

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    The 2017 Tre Vigne Barbera d'Alba by the acclaimed house of Vietti is a wonderful wine at a wonderful price - especially in the US. The wine looks inviting - like a light, semi-translucent cherry cordial in the glass. Bouquet has hints of sweet vanilla leaf, ripe raspberry and (maybe) wine-dipped cigar. The entry is bracingly acidic - as it s... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Torres Conca de Barbera Grans Muralles 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • The Whole Shebang Twelfth Cuvee California NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £16 from the www.vincognito.co.uk website. ...,barbera and sangiovese. I started the bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast. This is a full-bodied wine with lots of a very concentrated cherry and menthol style fruit with a strong suggestion of pepper or spice but soft and smooth tannins. Subtle... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti le Orme 2016

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    Whether the wine was aged in stainless or oak seems unclear on the website and according to the the taste I would venture the stainless. while i would prefer the oak this wine was decent at best. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Ca' del Bosco Curtefranca Rosso 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • not much tannins great heavy finish both .good

    Comment by 2238698Snoother 2238698 2238698 Snoother 2238698


  • Just bought an Umberto Fiore Barbera D'Alba 2003. The wine store owner is a friend and said if it was no good he would replace it with another wine. Does anyone have a comment on this vineyard and vintage?

    Comment by 1499168Snoother 1499168 1499168 Snoother 1499168


  • goodd.

    Comment by 1167683Snoother 1167683 1167683 Snoother 1167683


  • strange vine i've tasted tenutta careta , it needs at least one day after the opening to taste all flavors it can give.

    Comment by 553590gulea 553590 gulea


  • oh sorry i forgot to mention the fantastic barbera`s from my friend gianni abrigo from treiso loreto and mervisano

    Comment by 681250artichoke 681250 artichoke


  • barbera what a memories as a little boy growing up in piedmont,remember my granpa drinking barbera and playing boccie,that were the seventies many thing are changed in better barbara long time ago was a very cheap and modest wine then all sudden the mitical giacomo bologna ACTUALLY HE STARTED bottling barbera in 1961 when everybody sold barbera ...

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  • exelant barbera ansisia 2003

    Comment by 493048nooths 493048 nooths


  • Styxdvr: Try Boeger Barbera from the Sierra Foothills, a much underated AVA. The area has many microclimate that are excellent for growing many varietals.

    Comment by 163357thewineattic 163357 thewineattic


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