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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  • Scott Harvey Wines J&s Reserve Barbera 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by nataleerae

  • A very compelling offering from this relatively young winery. I've put up a review here and on my blog. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chrysalis Tannat 2006

  • The Brilliance of Burlotto I recently had the chance to spend dinner with 4 ... the 2007. 86pts2007 Burlotto Barbera d’Alba Huge, soaring aromatics are captured here with note of cold earth, pollen, wild animale notes and slightly spicy notes of black-fruited hard candy. In the mouth this is perfectly proportioned with deep, lively fruit a hi... Read More

    From the article A dinner with the wines of Burlotto

  • Michele Chiarlo 2007


    This wine is right up there w/ Mondav's D'Oro. Very similar and more available at restraunts. Read More

    Wine review by lablili

  • Paso Robles Trip Notes:I went to Paso Robles over the weekend of the 26th of September. I had intended to be there three days, but something came up and I was only there for Sat and part of Sun, so I ended up getting to just a small selection of places. But I could have been there a week and still not gone everywhere I wanted to go! I will re... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Paso Robles Trip & Tips

  • "How do I learn to speak wine?" It’s a surprisingly common question with ... ... as Riesling, Chablis and Barbera for example, this intensely cutting acidity is expected and welcomed. For most red wines, and many white wines, the malic acid is simply too much and overpowers the fruit flavors, while robbing the wine of a desirable mouthfeel. Th... Read More

    From the article Wine 101: Oak, Part One

  • Michele Chiarlo 2006


    Light, watery feel, subtle flavors. A great bargain at my local supermarket (Hy-Vee). Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Burlotto Barbera d'Alba 2007


    Huge, soaring aromatics are captured here with note of cold earth, pollen, wild ... ... length and reverb. Super Barbera. 90p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • St. Amant Winery Tempranillo Amador County 2005


    I completely agree with jjknight38... but as a big Tempranillo geek (the grape ... favorite of theirs is the Barber Read More

    Wine review by tinhart

  • Lo Zoccolaio Barbera d'Alba Suculè 2006


    Looks very young with its rich purple hue but is drinking now. Smooth plum fruit. Medium body on the lighter side but full in the mouth. An earthy minerality that carries through nicely on the finish. Quite tannic, drinks well now but should run a few more years. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley

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