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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  • 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


  • Barbera D Asti la Luna E I Falo Barbera D Asti Superiore D O C Piemont 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dantenrico


  • Marziano Abbona Barbera d'Alba Casaret 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by spantano


  • Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2005

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    A very nice wine, mellow, with balance. A great sipper that would go well with meat dishes and many others. Read More

    Wine review by AdamJefferson


  • Tamás Estates Red Blend Central Coast Double Decker Red 2007

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    Bright red in the glass, nearly purple. A minty, menthol start up front. A smoky, almost cab franc-like quality. Nice structure and mouth coating black berries, but a nearly non-existent finish on this wine. Nice bargain though.- Tasted at Marché Bacchus 11/28/09 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by PLC666


  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2007

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    Casual and fun. Goes with pizza and pasta. Just the wine for a casual cozy night in with someone special. Read More

    Wine review by andreabree


  • Elio Altare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2007

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    fairly purple red, cherries and sour cherries, black pepper on the nose, good ... ... refreshing, nice typical Barbera styl Read More

    Wine review by Franz Schneider


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