Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2012
Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
The Massolino Barbera d'Alba displays a deep purple, almost impenetrable red color and elegant and sweet aromas with the fruit and intensity notes characteristic of Barbera. On the palate, vinous, fresh and well balanced. An easy to drink wine which is tasty and rich without being excessively binding.
Pairs perfect with Langhe cuisine and very tasty dishes in general. Excellent with pasta, rich and soup, braised or grilled red meats and medium-mature cheeses. It is also perfect for aperitifs, with appetisers and sliced meats.
Wine Spectator - "Cherry and black currant notes meld with the juicy texture in this supple Barbera. Pure and elegant, with fine harmony and a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright dark red with ruby highlights. Lovely perfumed lift to the aromas of black cherry, violet and red licorice. Sappy, vibrant black cherry and floral flavors boast impressive silkiness of texture for 2012 barbera. Finishes juicy and long, with a palate-staining whiplash of fruit."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Massolino's 2012 Barbera d'Alba is fabulous. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and cinnamon jump from the glass. Floral, expressive and exuberant, yet also totally classic in its sense of proportion, the 2012 is simply fabulous."
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Founded in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, this winery has remained dedicated, through four generations, to producing wines of the highest quality. The Massolino wines have always been recognized and distinguished for their strength and harmony. View all Massolino Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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7 ratings, 4 with reviewsgratefulbreen - Walbridge, OH412/6/2014imillett - Lincoln, NE311/27/2014I got this because I've always wondered about Barbera. From my reading, I thought it might produce a great wine in hot climates. I wish I had a few other Barberas to try this against. There is nothing wrong with the wine. It was pleasant, smooth, with some fruit. Beyond that, it was not very distinct. I didn't taste anything that would make me say "Oh, this is a Zin" or "Oh, this is a Syrah". Perhaps the grape itself just doesn't show well. I've heard great things about Barbera but this one would have been used for blending (and stretching) with a better wine. At $20 a bottle, you can do better elsewhere.johnharris - Crestview, FL410/15/2014
Smooth, easy drinking, with excellent aroma; goes excellent with cheeses and grilled items.Diane.Land - Gurnee, IL49/17/2014First Wine that my husband asked me to reorder in 3 years… nightime sipping winekbauman2 - Columbus, OH47/18/2014
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denis baker - Flagstaff, AZ46/27/2014nice wineMichelle Lee - Scotts Valley, CA46/5/2014
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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