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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  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2006

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    Great Italian wine. A tad more fruity than earthy, medium to full bodied. Great with baked ziti. Read More

    Wine review by Cheese and Grapes


  • Natale Verga Barbera d'Asti 2007

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    Pours a nice deep red/purple with a rather vinous aroma. Blackberry is the ... ... of earthiness. A very smooth barbera that paired beautifully with chicken cacciatore. A solid wine overal Read More

    Wine review by icmusiclovers


  • Michele Chiarlo 2006

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    I have always loved this wine & it is very hard to find. I found it years ago(1998 or 99) when I was trying out different wines to see what I like. What I like about this particular wine is the fact that it is not dry like other wines or even some champagnes. This is my favorite!!! Read More

    Wine review by yokika


  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bad Bobby Wine


  • 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


  • Woodbridge Merlot 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Enigma


  • 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


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