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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  • Adanti Rosso d'Arquata 1988

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    This smells like an old Cabernet based wine, in fact if I had to guess I would say from California. It has lots of tobacco notes with a touch of salame, tomato leaf, and the sweetness of maderization. On the palate its nicely constructed with refreshing acids and a touch of tannin, though it is beginning to dry out on the finish. The fruit remai... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Michele Chiarlo 2004

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    Just love it!! :-) Read More

    Wine review by wilscola


  • Michele Chiarlo 2006

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    Enjoyed this wine at a local Italian restaurant. Give it a chance to breath and the complexity changes entirely. Read More

    Wine review by BrennanF


  • I've developed an odd fascination with grapes that are primarily Italian but being grown and made into wine in the US. Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tocai, Aglianico, etc. There are many folks dabbling in one or more of these, some even specializing in them entirely. So my question of the day is...what is and who makes your favorite US grow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Favorite US Grown Italian...


  • Volorosso Barbera 2006

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    A good Barbera, particularly for the price. I had this last Saturday, with some short ribs in a tomato and vegetable sauce. The two perfectly complimented each other. Not over-acidic, this was a solid (if not outstanding) medium-bodied Barbera. And, once again, the price was right... Read More

    Wine review by jmd477


  • Imagery Barbera Sonoma County 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by bradcpa


  • Michele Chiarlo 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by sacrifice333


  • Montevina Barbera Terra d'Oro 2006

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    They redid their label like the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon on here with a firm ... a pleasant, easy-to-drink Barbera, lacking only in some of the earthiness I expect from this italian grape. Will buy another to see if I can get past the fruitiness, see if I can find the "hints of toasty graham cracker" the label said I should fin Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Brutocao Quadriga 2006

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    Sweet chocolate and cherry on nose and palate. Thanks to Gambino's Wines of O'Fallon, Missouri. Read More

    Wine review by Val13


  • James Judd & Son Barbera Shandon 2005

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    James Judd wines are most famous for their stellar Paso Robles cabernet - each ... first time I've tasted their Barbera from their Shandon Vineyards. Very classic. I would save for another 5 years to round the tannins out but all in all very satisfying and right on the money. I love these guys - true acriculturalists and James Jr. believe i... Read More

    Wine review by 163357thewineattic 163357 thewineattic


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