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Barbera Wines

Barbera Wines

Barbera Wines

Barbera Wines

Italy has been one of the most reputable viticultural regions for a long, long time, and grape varietals like Barbera demonstrate why. Barbera has been in the three most frequently planted varietals in Italy and has seen more than its fair share of blend compositions. When allowed to produce a high yield, a lot of the richness and delicate flavor are lost, in favor of excessive acidity. However, with proper nurturing and pruning, a low-yield batch of Barbera grapes can produce what we can only describe as magic.

For those of you who are considering giving Barbera wines a shot, we promise – your tastebuds will be forever grateful. The toasted oak barrel flavor undercuts the lush, explosive raspberries, cherries and blueberries, with notes of blackberries and black cherries trying to steal the show depending on how young the wine is and which blend you opt for specifically. These wines create a sensation that is not too dissimilar to biting into a juicy, ripe watermelon and having your mouth almost massaged by the visceral tide of liquid.

The vintage selection Barbera wines offer you is also a highly appealing aspect. If you wish to seek out slightly older bottles, we can wholeheartedly recommend Barbera wines. If you have a single tastebud capable of appreciating fine wines, it’s impossible to regret getting one of these.
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2021 Elvio Cogno Barbera d'Alba Pre-Phylloxera

A rich purple in color, the 2021 Barbera D’Alba Pre-Phylloxera comes from 130-year-old vines from a single cask. It is expansive aromatically, with a perfume that offers more spice in its notes of black pepper, blackcurrant liqueur, and lavender, giving it an almost Syrah-like character. A very special wine, it fills the palate with plummy fruit and cleans up with dark minerals. Full-bodied without being weighted, this is a wine with more aging potential, although it is outstanding now. Drink 2023-2040.Jeb Dunnuck | 96 JDFrom one of the oldest vineyards in Italy, and one of the very few in all of Europe that survived Phylloxera, the remarkable Cogno 2021 Barbera d’Alba Pre-Phylloxera offers a rare glimpse of what wines made on their original rootstock can offer. Hailing from a small plot of vines well over one hundred years old, it has balsamic aromas of camphor and new leather that mingle with ripe dark-skinned fruit, violet and tobacco. Full-bodied and boasting a weightless concentration, the savory palate delivers ripe black cherry, blood orange, white pepper and licorice alongside enveloping, refined tannins. Thanks to vines planted 520m above sea level, it also boasts vibrant acidity and energy. What a fantastic wine. Drink or hold through 2031. Abv: 14.5% Kerin O’Keefe | 95 KOElvio Cogno produce just 1,800 bottles annually of this Barbera d’Alba, made from 0.25ha of 140-year-old vines in Berri near La Morra, on chalky, sandy soils. Like the ‘standard’ Barbera d’Alba, it’s vinified in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 12 months, yet here the result is more complex and more concentrated: pure hedgerow berry and violet scents adorn a palate full of sweet, ripe black cherry, with notes of cream, coffee and tar in the background. The finish is long and freshly balsamic, carrying more of that gorgeous violet-infused fruit.Decanter | 94 DEC

As low as $64.99
2000 r. voerzio barbera ris pozzo dell annunciata Italy Red

A magnum of Roberto Voerzio’s 2000 Barbera d’Alba Pozzo, from David Stout’s cellar, was magnificent. Gloriously ripe and seamless, the wine showed extraordinary purity and enough freshness to drink well for at least another decade. It was magnificent, and on its own the most impressive of these three wines.Antonio Galloni | 96 AGThe Barbera of the house has become a legend in its short lifetime (the first vintage was 1996), and the 2000 Barbera d’Alba Riserva Vigneto Pozzo lives up to its fame. The customary inky ruby/purple, its stupefying rich nose of plum and blackberry jam, mocha, caramel, vanilla, and cardamom, warm, caressing, and penetrating, is followed by the usual massive, unctuously textured palate, almost more than a liquid in its density, yet of superlative smoothness, silky, enveloping, and exceptionally long. The sheer weight of the wine suggests that it may keep, but I prefer Barbera, even at this level, reasonably young, and would choose to drink it between 2004 and 2010.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94 RPBig and rich, with black licorice, plum and toasty oak character. Full-bodied and almost jammy, with layers of fruit, velvety tannins and a long finish. I love this. Voerzio is a genius with his tiny-production old-vine Barbera. Drink now through 2007. 275 cases made.Wine Spectator | 92 WS

As low as $240.00
2017 michele chiarlo nizza la court Italy Red

The 2017 Nizza LaCourt is soft, supple, rich and open but not at all heavy. Raspberry jam, mocha, spice, new leather all build as this succulent forward Nizza shows off its considerable appeal. The 2017 hits all the right notes. It is a terrific effort from the Chiarlo family.Antonio Galloni | 93 AGDark-skinned fruit, cedar and scorched earth aromas lead the nose. The structured, balanced palate offers Marasca cherry, blackberry jam and licorice alongside polished tannins. Drink 2023–2029.Wine Enthusiast | 93 WEThe Michele Chiarlo 2017 Nizza Riserva La Court is a beautifully enriched and generous wine that gives ample volume and depth to the Barbera grape. This food-friendly option shows the dark fruit (blackberry and plum) to pair with most pasta or meat dishes. It also offers just enough acidity to cut through any recipe that is heavy on cheese or cream. This bottle is ready to drink now.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92 RPBright blueberry and boysenberry aromas and flavors highlight this vibrant red, with flashes of earth and toasty oak spice. It’s very discreet in the end, where light oak tannins come into play. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases made, 150 cases imported.Wine Spectator | 90 WS

As low as $44.99
2021 g.d. vajra barbera dalba Italy Red

Here’s another food-friendly wine from beautiful Piedmont. The 2021 Barbera d’Alba shows a dark purplish hue and saturated fruit flavors of dried blackberry and black cherry. There are hints of crushed mineral or oyster shell as well. The wine’s medium thickness would work across a breaded veal steak. Fruit is sourced across various sites with different soil types.Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 91 RP

As low as $18.99
2020 albino rocca barbera dalba gepin Italy Red
As low as $29.99
2020 pico maccario barbera dasti lavignone Italy Red

Graphite, blackberry and plum aromas and flavors highlight this juicy red, which is balanced and plushly textured, with just the slightest hint of oak. Drink now through 2025. 18,000 cases made, 8,000 cases imported.Wine Spectator | 91 WS

As low as $14.99
2020 cigliuti barbera dalba serraboella Italy Red

The 2020 Barbera d’Alba Vigna Serraboella is bright, effusive and full of character. A burst of dark red/purplish fruit, spice, rose petal and pipe tobacco makes a strong first impression. Ripe, silky tannins add to the wine’s considerable appeal. The Serraboella is such a delicious wine. It spent 18 months in cask and neutral oak.Antonio Galloni | 93 AG

As low as $22.99
2020 cigliuti barbera dalba campass Italy Red

The 2020 Barbera d’Alba Campass is superb. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, the Campass offers up a heady mix of red/purplish fruit, mocha, lavender, licorice and spice. Everything is dialed up in this gorgeous Barbera from Cigliuti. The 2020 spent 18 months in neutral French oak.Antonio Galloni | 94 AG

As low as $24.99
2020 oddero barbera dalba superiore Italy Red

A great example of classic winemaking, this wine shows the balance between fruity and savory. Aromas of black plum and black cherry combined with dried herbs and savory spices. This leads the way to a vibrant palate with more tart red fruit notes and loads of savory flavors of dried flowers, herbs, and roasted game. Fine tannins complete this super tasty wine. Wine Enthusiast | 92 WE

As low as $16.99
2021 vietti barbera dasti la crena Italy Red

The 2021 Barbera d’Asti La Crena is exceptional. Bright, red-toned fruit, chalk, mint, white pepper and rose petal are all beautifully delineated. In recent times Vietti has focused more on freshness in their Barberas, and that is especially evident in La Crena—a wine that used to be very dark and heavy but is far from that today. Clean, mineral notes extend the vibrant finish. Give this a few years to develop the full range of its aromatic breadth. What a wine!Vinous Media | 96 VMAlthough best known for its Barolos, Vietti (now part of the US Krause Group) also releases a number of different Barberas. La Crena is from a 6ha site near the commune of Agliano Terme in the Nizza area. The vineyard, purchased in 1995, was planted in 1932. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel and the wine then spends 18 months in a combination of steel, large casks and barriques before bottling. Stephen Brook: Opulent nose, with dark fruits tempered with some stylish oak. Suave and juicy, fine texture, balanced by firm acidity, which gives some spice and flair to the finish. Vincenzo Arnese: Candied aromas of Morello cherry and wild strawberry, very expressive. Bold palate with robust tannins; time will smooth it, yet quite rich and pleasant. Sara Bachiorri: Cherry and juniper berry nose. Nice concentration, with intense Maraschino flavours and a touch of liquorice stick.Decanter | 95 DEC

As low as $51.99

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