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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  • Stark Wine Company Barbera Damiano Vineyard 2013

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    A lot of light comes through the glassmuch like what I would expect from an Italian wine. Red fruit on entrycherry, strawberry. A little bit of slate from mid- to rear-palate. Really needs acid. Its not an awful wine, its just not, particularly, satisfying. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • This arrived, today, from Last Bottle's August MarathonTenuta Buon Tempo ... Queen Gruner VeltlinerStark Barbera Damiano VineyardChehalem Three Vineyard RieslingMost of the whites will be going to the catsitter--and with much appreciation.Most of the reds will be everyday drinkers.Expecting Apsara tomorro Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • The 2018 UNDER 20 Tasting is scheduled for November 15 at Eastpointe Singer ... ... (PS Dolcetta or Vietti Barbera)-Conreria d' Scala Dei. -Priorat Black Slate... the Closer&nbs Read More

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  • We had a nice Italian wine (2014 Barbera Alba) Saturday night prior to a ballet at The Kennedy Center.  This bottle needed some time to open up, so the decanter helped.  It really changed over a period of 20 minutes.  I would buy this one again. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ravenswood Besieged 2014

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    A Ravenswood project and a veritable whos who of deep red grape varieties. Surprisingly restrained yet still a touch heated on the nose with spicy blackberry and black currant aromas and pleasant sweet spice. Quite fruity on entry and intriguingly diverse, beginning with blueberry, black cherry and blackberry fruit before releasing a swath of ta... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Coppo Barbera d'Asti Riserva Della Famiglia 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • Mauro Veglio Barbera d'Alba 2015

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    If not a life-changing experience, this is a perfectly functional wine. Pretty much what I would expect from a relatively low-dollar Italian winelight red fruit, not terribly full-bodied, somewhat tart. Easy to drink by itself or with a meal. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Stoppa Trebbiolo Rosso 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Here the blend is based on between 55-70 percent Barbera and 30-45 percent Croatina (known locally as Bonarda). The wines tend to be softly flavored and well rounded with distinctive cherry. This was given to me by a new friend Therese, she knows her stuff Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne. Vietti 2013

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    Classic italian. Fruity, bright and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Jim Olsen White Barbera Sierra Foothills 2016

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    A Naked Wines selection. Crystal clear silver pink in the glass. Opens with mango, kiwi, and bubblegum,; then lemon/lime and lilac; then a bit of tomato leaf and slate. Medium full in the mouth; slightly sweet kiwi and lime. Medium acidity. Gets a bit sweeter as the wine sits in the glass. Had this without food, but think this would work very we... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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?

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  • goodd.

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  • 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

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  • 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


  • In reply to thewineattic on California barberas, the only domestic barbera I've found that I like is from Sunset Cellars: http://www.sunsetcellars.com/Barbera.html My favorite barberas are from Bruno Giacosa and the Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba Giada. The 2005 Giada is amazing, although it needs a good hour to breathe. I have not tried ...

    Comment by 419134Styxdvr 419134 Styxdvr


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