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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  • Conterno Fantino Barbera d'Alba Vignota 2006

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    I just had this wine sitting at a nice hotel bar where they actually (gasp), didn't overprice their wines. Very drinkable as a cocktail all by itself. Wonderful nose, lucious black fruits, hint of minerality with bright acidity and a medium finish. Needed to open up a bit, decanting really helped. Great conversation wine. Read More

    Wine review by jmbrand


  • Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba 2008

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    This wine showed aromas of cherry and new leather on the nose. Leading to a ... ... bodied and easy drinking Barbera, made in a light style with crisp acidity, which gives it a very refreshing finis Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Michele Chiarlo 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by levirippy


  • Terre del Barola8 Barbera D' Alba 2008

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    A great bottle that I will buy again, but not recommended for decanting over long periods of time. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime


  • Woodbridge Merlot 2006

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    très doux, fruité, succulent Read More

    Wine review by alnsam


  • Archeo Nero d'Avola Ruggero di Tasso Sicilia IGT 2006

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    Great value, though not quite as good as the La Loggia Barbera d'Alba at Trader Joe's. Read More

    Wine review by scaredso


  • I am a newbie and have a question about preserving reds after I open the bottle. I want to have a glass of red (varieties will differ) a day but I worry about the wine going stale. Assume I will get 4 glasses out of a bottle, what is the best way to store it? Cork it and let it sit on my counter? Any help would be great.Thanks,Chris Pena Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help with Reds


  • Barbera d'Alba DOC 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by cocobeans


  • Domenico Clerico Barbera d'Alba Trevigne 2005

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    Showing very mute tonight. My memories of this bottle included lush intense fruit on the nose and a full bodied performance on the palate but this is far from what I recall. Tonight's bottle showed some red fruit, cedar and quite a bit of heat on the nose. On the palate it shows some currant and vanilla with a drying, short finish. Possible bad ... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Cascina Desderi Barbera d'Asti Superiore Black Label 2004

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    Top wine, one of the better barbera I have tasted. Producer still have it in stock Read More

    Wine review by Jan Christian


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