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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    The Casa Pasquero Farm was founded in the early 20th century on a hilltop in Bricco Gatti. Follow...

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    Located at Monforte d'Alba, in the heart of the Langhe hills, the estate was founded in 1996, wh...

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    The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest fac...

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    Horizons divided by towers and castle, breathking landscapes with sinuous hills split into square...

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  • We as consumers tend to get caught up in trends whether we like it or not. The ... ... for French oak and even Barbera in Italy and Malbec in Argentina work well with the spice and tannins imparted by barrique. But when it comes to Tempranillo, and in particular Spanish Tempranillo, there is something to be said for older, large American oak ... Read More

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  • Just the notes this time.See the blog post for more details.2006 Milcampos ... ... 22006 C3 Tempranillo Santa Barbera County 14.9% $18http://www.snooth.com/wine/core-tempranillo-c3-2006/Spicy and sweet smelling with notes of ginger, apricot and sassafras dominating at first then gaining complexity with hints of raw beef and vanilla accenting t... Read More

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  • Conterno Fantino Barbera d'Alba Vignota 2006

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    Wine review by MelJayne


  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2007

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    A totally different wine from this second bottle but not bad at all. Red berries, with toasty barrel and a bit of funk that makes it interesting. Cherry cough syrup on the palette with a minerally finish. Crisp, gorgeous acidity. Great food wine and an awesome value. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • La Loggia Barbera d'Alba DOC 2005

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    Very drinkable. While some glasses of wine are mean to be enjoyed on their own, noticing their subtleties, this wine seems to be a better accompanied with food. It won't steal any focus away, and could really be served with anything. Read More

    Wine review by Taraanne


  • Produttori de Govone Barbera d'Alba 2007

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    Good value driven barbera. Good acidity. Went well with a rich mushroom and meat tomato based pasta dish. Otherwise, nothing spectacular, but a solid effort. I didn't write down flavors, etc. Sorry :( Read More

    Wine review by JoshuaChrist


  • Marco Porello Barbera d'Alba 2006

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    Wine review by MillsandJills


  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2006

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  • Pio Cesare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2005

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