2008 Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte “Briccotondo”

Barbera is a grape that is usually grown in Piemonte, and is well known for it’s acidic bite.   I’ve tried quite a few, and tend to go towards the ones that are made in a fruit forward style with not as much of the bite.   This one has a big berry and herbal aroma, and the initial attack tastes like black cherry juice.   I’m very impressed with the power I get on the nose – whoa.   This wine does have lots of acidity on the back end but it is not as harsh as some other Barbera’s I’ve consumed.   I would still classify it as a food wine and recommend it with lighter pasta dishes or some Italian cheeses.   I would also serve it slightly chilled to help soften it a bit more.

On sale for $6.99/bottle at K&L Wine Merchants


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