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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  • La Luna del Rospo Barbera d'Asti 2005

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    Fantastic Barbera!! The best Asti I've had potentially....ever! Completely alluring on the nose. Balanced acidity and good depth on the palate. Killer value at around $20. Read More

    Wine review by jameshull


  • All my wife and I drink -- the only wines we really enjoy -- are FRENCH Pinots and Beaujolais. However, we are off to Italy in the Summer and don't want to alienate the Italians by ordering French Wine. We also think it would be fun to do as the Italians do while in Italy. So, I would like to start experimenting now with Italian wines -- see if... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Lover Looking to...


  • I'm trying to find a wine that a friend had. All I remember is that the label said 2007 and Italian Piedmont. It was red and the first sip was good but 20 seconds later the second sip was heavenly. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Terra del Barolo Barbera...


  • http://www.winejudging.com/medal_winners.htmIn general, I am displeased with ... ... two of my fav areas. Barbera winner was an Amador County (which I adore). As far as Cabs. was happy to see ZD mentioned, as well as Calistoga Cellars, and Saddleback- good bets. A little surprised the Trefethen 2006 placed so high.. have loved their win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic OK..anyone see the SF... by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


  • Nello Olivo Barbera El Dorado County 2006

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    Nice California version of an Italian grape. Lush mouth-feel with brambly red and black fruits. Well balanced with soft tannins and just a pleasant hint of a smoky/gamey note. Read More

    Wine review by chadrich


  • Stefano Farina Barbera d'Alba 2006

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    Bright plum color, black cherries, plums and road dust aromas precede to dark stone fruit, tar and tobacco notes and a long, structured finish. With aeration this wine really offers so much more of everything. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Eberle Barbera 2006

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    Bright ruby hue, berry pie and road dust aromas precedes black cherries, berries and licorice, tannins grip, leading to a focused, short finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Michele Chiarlo 2006

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    Wine review by jeannwa


  • Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia DOC 2007

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    Dark crimson red color in the glass. The nose is like a basket of fresh picked, super ripe berries followed by holiday spices, new leather and a bit of oak. Some heat is present but does not detract from the experience. On the palate you find masses of dark fruit, sour licorice, pepper and bitters. Very balanced with the acidity showing just a b... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Imagery Barbera Sonoma County 2005

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    Wine review by terryk927


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