Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2009

Barbera from Piedmont, Italy

Item No. 118566
  • red wine
  • RP93
  • ST91
  • WS90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

The color is ruby red, bright and intense; the vivacity makes it tempting. The aromas are very delicate, with blackberry and plum. On the whole, the aromas are pleasant and teasing. Saltiness and acidity are in the foreground of this wine, but do not hide its polifenolic power. The amplitude of this Barbera is very interesting together with its persistent aftertaste.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2009 Barbera d'Alba Piani is fabulous. Freshly cut flowers, red fruit and spices are just some of the nuances that flow from this pliant, hugely delicious Barbera. A hint of oak frames the finish, but the Piani is really about fruit. It is a beautifully balanced, totally harmonious wine of the highest level. I loved it."
93 Points

"Bright medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Very rich and sweet, but with nicely integrated acidity giving lift to the glossy fruit. Finishes with suave tannins and excellent persistence. For barbera this has all the elements. Pelissero considers 2009 to be a great year for barbera, noting that the 2010s are lighter wines from a more humid year, although well-aerated sites could have done very well."
91 Points

"An exotic version, showing boysenberry and black cherry flavors, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. There are some dusty tannins on the finish."
90 Points

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On tasting a second bottle I have upgraded my opinion. It we also my error in the original review to contrast this Barbera d'Alba with a Barbera d'Asti.
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Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Lasagne > Meat
good barbera...
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Azienda Agricola Pelissero is a family-run vine-growing estate located in the district of Treiso, in the heart of the Barbaresco zone. Many gradual changes have been performed by the successive generations of the Pelissero family, who transformed their business from grape growing and selling begun by Giovanni Pelissero, into winemaking of all their estate-grown grapes. The first...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Barbera

(bar-BARE-uh) Versatility of Italy Barbara is one of those varieties of the old world that often appears on the label - Barbara d'Alba, Barbara d'Asti for example. Native to Piedmont, Barbara is a hardy grape that grows well in the chalky soils of the area. Though popular as a single varietal, Barbera also excels as a blending partner in both Italy and California. Notable...

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