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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  • Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2007

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    Lightly floral, shifting nose with good spice. Flavors are melty and smooth, dark and juicy. Succulent, with a nice spice and well integrated oak. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Dillian Wines Barbera California Shenandoah Valley 2007

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    The creamy vanilla nose is quite spicy. Super bright cherry and cola. This is a super bright, quite huge wine. I really like that quality in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • La Loggia Barbera d'Alba DOC 2007

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    I enjoyed this wine for the price. It had a smaller bouquet, with some dark fruit, roasted pork smell, dark pepper spice and almost a rhubarb. At first when I tasted it, i found it fairly flat, with mild fruit, some pepper spice and a short finish. But left to breath a little in the glass, and it definitely opens up a bit. A nice ripe cherry fru... Read More

    Wine review by bambinodivino


  • Adanti Arquata Montefalco Rosso 2005

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    Red fruit with good acid makes a nice transition to big dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by drsloat


  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba Vigneto Gallina 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by HSquared


  • Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2006

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    -Aromas of sweet wild cherry and slightly candied raspberries greet the nose backed by gentle notes of cream, vanilla, spice and herb. This is gentle and subtle on the nose but there is an intriguing underlying complexity and depth hat draws one back to the glass. -Bright acids right up front roll up the palate with bright cranberry, spiced plu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barbaresco and Barolo, But Dont Forget Dolcetto, Barbera and the WhitesI could not remember my previous experience with wine made from Nebbiolo, but study and reading prepared my expectations of its dark, tannic qualities. Our drive along the Tanaro River northeast from Alba was directed at the commune of Barbaresco as a starting point.It was ap... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barbaresco and Barolo, But...


  • Woodbridge Merlot 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by EGM


  • Bella Piazza Barbera California Shenandoah Valley 2005

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    Wine review by jrjohnson


  • Muscardini Cellars Barbera Ukiah Valley 2007

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    Wine review by Pescado


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