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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  • Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2007

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    sweet cherries, red licorice, violets, raspberries a little cedar and rubber, nice acidity and wonderful round red fruit courses through Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Flavio Roddolo Barbera d'Alba Superior 2004

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    earthy, dusty and cedar-like. classic barbera from Italy with the sour cherry, tea-leave notes, dried earth, vegetal/violet floral characteristics, woodsy Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Montevina Barbera Terra d'Oro 2006

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    combinations of raspberries, buttery oak and flowers on the nose. palate mixed with buttery popcorn, varying red fruits with a little earth and tarriness. quite impressive and complex for its value. great to bring to a house party! Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Bazzini Barbera 2007

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    nose complete with cherries, raspberries, red plums with tinges of dried earth. very fruit forward, med + acidity with a little red licorice and sour cherries on the palate combined with vegetal/violet notes. light, delicate and enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Lava Cap Winery Barbera Reserve Sierra Foothills Rouge 2006

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    Big, stewed stonefruit on the nose; the note of rich apricot rides through to the finish, where an intruiging touch of powdered sugar appears. Read More

    Wine review by Carly Wray


  • Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2007

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    Botanical gardens on the nose, you know, that wet-green-fresh smell of lush, manicured vegetation. Violets & daffodils, fruit-bearing trees.Big, ripe, round red fruit throughout, with great acidity and a pleasant jamminess that clings for a sturdy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Carly Wray


  • Montevina Barbera Terra d'Oro 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Carly Wray


  • Bazzini Barbera 2007

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    Light-body, high-acid, soft, shifting tannins like tiny grabbing hands. Baby powder & rubber sole on the nose; bright red cherries in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by Carly Wray


  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by dlhalt


  • Home Grown Family Harvest Red 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by MillsandJills


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