oh barbera

Posted on April 2, 2009

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I must have been italian in a past life.  Fast cars, beautiful women, rich hearty food and beautiful wines with naturally high acidity and tannins.  Barbera and Nebbiolo are my all time favourites.  Barbera d’Alba comes from Piedmont, the Alba region.  To carry the Barbera d’Alba DOC label, the wine must be 100% Barbera.

PAOLO CONTERNO BRICCO SANT’ AMBROGIO BARBERA D’ALBA 2007
VINTAGES 744714 | 750 mL bottle

Price: $ 18.95

On the nose, this is a little austere – Maraschino cherries, leather, plums, and a whiff of white pepper.  In the mouth, beautiful vibrant acidity and sharp tannins.  Fresh cherries, ripe plums, with a hint of pepper, nutmeg and a bit of cranberry.  The finish is medium in length with lots of plum and pepper still showing.  After a couple of minutes the lingering flavour of plum is still there.  I dig it.  This wine is beautifully structured, and the acidity and tannins are begging for food.  Try this one with a nice pecorino, or some other hard salty cheese.   Given the under 20 price tag, this is a winner.

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