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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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  • Hi, I have a question. How can you find out when a wine should by drunk by? I own many different types of wine, but I am not sure when they will expire. If someone can help me out that would be great.Thanks Read More

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  • Scavino Barbera d'Alba 2007

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    This Paolo Scavino was a simple and fresh Barbera that was quite enjoyable with very bright cherry fruit and a medium smooth mouth feel. Enjoyable any day wine but not a favorite. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Palmina Barbera Santa Ynez Valley 2006

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    One big surprise was the Palmina Barbera being the 6 out of 8 favorite at a tasting I held recently. I was trying to be sneaky putting a California Barbera in there with a slew of reputable Italian bottles and my guests picked it out immediately. I will admit that it has a good freshness and length that made it very attractive. It performed a... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Woodbridge Merlot 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by kcwineguy


  • Wines tasted during this visit;2005 Bussiador Chardonnay 91pts2005 Barbera dAlba Conca Tre Pile 87pts2004 Barolo 89pts2005 Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot 88pts2004 Barolo Colonello 95pts2004 Barolo Romirasco 95ptsThere are names in Piemonte that breed not only admiration but also confusion. Conterno is certainly one of them with Paolo, Giacomo, and ... Read More

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  • Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2004

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    A 2 week maceration is followed by several months in stainless before being aged 28 to 30 months in Slavonian oak botte.Unlike the stern Colonello this is flamboyant with intense floral tones, layered sappy fruits, sweet, gentle spice tones and a touch of espresso foam. In the mouth this is downright suave with very fine tannins and a broad mout... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2004

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    A 2 week maceration is followed by several months in stainless before being aged 28 to 30 months in Slavonian oak botte.A touch of drying grass greats the nose then is followed by very precise emerging notes of sea grass and menthol. The tight dark fruit emerge slowly and remain reticent in the glass but the menthol and mineral tones gain in imp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2004

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    This replaces the old Bussia Soprana bottling as with this vintage the fruit is now 80% Bussia and 20% from the commune of Barolo though they are contiguous parts of the same vineyard. The Barolo fruit used to go into the Favot but the vines have matured and are now producing juice worthy of being called Barolo. This macerates for 2-3 weeks in s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aldo Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador 2005

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    Aged 12-15 months in 100% New Barriques The aromatics are intense here with ... ... and cigar box. A nice Barbera with tons of ripe acids keeping everything lively and fresh but weighed down just a touch by the wood. 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2006

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    WA 90. Yet to try Read More

    Wine review by dista23


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