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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  • Michele Chiarlo 2006

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    A well-balanced, medium bodied wine that was drinkable right out of the bottle, long finish of cherries and the palatte has notes of berries and other fruits, perhaps a raspberry-rose perfume as well. After decanting, the 2nd day was alright, the 3rd day was drinkable, just not as vibrant. I do feel that other vintages have been much more exciting. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime


  • Unti Dry Creek Barbera 2007

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    Dark, inky and bone dry. Red fruits and earth are secondary. About as close to Italy as we get in Cali. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d'Alba 2006

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    Second time trying this bottle and after a great performance the first time I'm finding it very closed and too acidic on this night. Maybe just a phase. The fruit on the nose is ripe strawberry. On the palate a little raspberry but very short. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Barboursville Vineyards Barbera Orange County Reserve 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by rss6r


  • Uvaggio Barbera Schatz Vineyard 2004

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    While this was a cherry fruit bomb, it lacked teh Barbera depth/tanic backbone. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • La Loggia Barbera d'Alba 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by junk5311


  • Hey Mambo Sultry Red 2006

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    surprisingly delicious. Everything you could hope for in an affordable red wine. Read More

    Wine review by lassue


  • Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by dtlossing


  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera Barbera del Monferrato Maràia 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by slipton


  • La Cantina Delle 7 Donne Piemonte Barbera 2007

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    A very fruity Barbera, which shows that the volume of alcol has nothing to do with great taste. 12,5% elegant and fresh, shows exellent winemaking experience. No wonder why such wine is know also as the classical " housewine " of the Piedmont people. You should also try the Piemonte Cortese, which may stand easily beside the famous Gavi di Gavi.... Read More

    Wine review by Gruppo Casaleone


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