Intense ruby red color with purple highlights. On the nose it presents persistent notes of red berries, redcurrant, cherries and violet and hints of vanilla. Very complex on the palate, full and developing some pleasant liquorice notes. Excellent balance and length. Its high acidity makes it the perfect accompaniment to a lot of different foods, such as cold cut appetizers, hearty first courses, rich beef roasts or stews and game and medium-aged cheeses.
"Bright red-ruby. Raspberry, licorice and mocha on the nose, lifted by a floral topnote. Lush, sweet and fruity; in fact quite pliant and creamy for 2008 but with harmonious bright acidity keeping the wine fresh. With air, this showed an impressively penetrating quality to its red fruits but without any hardness. Finishes clean and persistent."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2008 Barbera d'Asti is another big, racy wine packed with fruit. A persistent vein of minerality supports the long, elegant finish. This is a terrific new wine from Damilano made from a recently-acquired vineyard in Asti. The Barbera d’Asti replaces the Barbera d’Alba, which was made from rented vineyards, and which will no longer be produced. Anticipated maturity: 2009-20113. These entry-level reds from Damilano were among the best I tasted. Hopefully they will turn out to be representative of overall quality in their respective vintages here."
The Wine Advocate