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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  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barbera d'Alba Scudetto 2004

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    The nose is redolent of crushed dried violets, saffron, plum skins, limestone ... and balance here with real Barbera acidity yet such concentration of fruit that it's wonderfully integrated. A great finish, cleansing and brisk with excellent length for Barbera. 92pts drink 2009-20 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Alba Torriglione 2005

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    Almost totally opaque purple-red in colour, the nose is powerful and is filled with aromas of cherries and other red berries, mocca and hints of vanilla. The mouthfeel is soft and balanced, but it's dense and there is quite a body. The tannins represent very good Italian structural balance. Holds for quite long, with fine dark fruit on the finis... Read More

    Wine review by henbjo


  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2007

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    Peppery nose, sweet and oaky. The zin and petite syrah come through and blend well together. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Barbera d'Asti DOC la Luna E I Falò 2006

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    Mencia eh? First time trying this grape and it is worth trying again. Light plum and licorice with a hint of tobacco and earth. Nicely balanced with a pleasant mouth feel and an okay finish. Bit tannic and rusty but good for the $13 (on sale from $17.99 at BC liquor stores). Read More

    Wine review by veeownyeah


  • It's been a while since I've posted a blog on Snooth.  It also has been a ... ... a ... Sauvignon and Franc, Barbera, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc.  You can even find a bit of Petite Sirah, Sangiovese and Zinfandel.Why should you care? Bennett Valley is one of those lesser known special places.  It is one of those places that is coming into ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bennett Valley & Chalk Hill


  • Barboursville Vineyards Barbera Orange County Reserve 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by Coriolanus


  • Barboursville Vineyards Barbera Orange County Reserve 2003

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    Wine review by Coriolanus


  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2007

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    What a terrific little Barbera this is! Perfect wine for any Italian food, especially pizza, or Bolognese. Medium-bodied, plum and cherry/sour cherry nose. Blooms well (opens) in the glass, the first glass is good, the last glass is terrific. The last two years garnered 90 points and in '06 it was on the Wine Specatator Top 100 Wines of the Yea... Read More

    Wine review by kathyintex


  • Giacomo Grimaldi Barbera d'Alba Pistin 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmacpcguru


  • La Loggia Barbera d'Alba DOC 2005

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    Nice overall medium bodied wine. The cherry is constantly evolving and hints of herbs. Went great with more intense flavored chinese food. Not sure I would enjoy this wine by itself, works very well with food. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime


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