Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2008
Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Pure, ripe plum and strawberry fruit flavors underscored by a crisp acidic note and a hint of earth mark this charming, succulent wine, set in a supple texture supported by sweet, soft tannins.
Wine Spectator - "An enticing red, bursting with juicy blackberry, black currant and spice flavors, accented by violet and mineral. The vibrant structure provides focus and persistence. Drink now through 2012."
Michele Chiarlo Winery
The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the sole and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is today one of the most respected producers of the fine wines of Piedmont and a leading figure in its viticultural industry.
At the production and vineyard level, where quality begins, Michele Chiarlo has for thirty years pursued an endless search for control over the finest vineyard sites in each of the zones from which he produces his wines. Perhaps the crown jewel among these is the vineyard of Fornace di Tassarolo in the Rovereto area of Gavi, a small parcel planted in 1910 which yields a brilliant and intense Gavi of exquisite refinement. He also has long-term agreements with the owners of two spectacular vineyards in the Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga crus of Barolo, from which he produces Barolo Riserva Rocche di Castiglione and Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda di Serralunga. In addition to these contracts, he has also purchased the Antico Podere Averame in the Cerequio cru of Barolo, considered one of the zone's finest Nebbiolo vineyards; and an estate, also in Barolo in the cru of Cannubi, which due to its extremely sharp gradient had never been cultivated. With considerable capital investment, this vineyard has been terraced and brought into production, the first time such a project has ever been undertaken in Piedmont.
In 1995, Michele Chiarlo acquired the estate of Azienda Agricola Aluffi in Castelnuovo Calcea, considered to the most beautiful and prestigious property in the heart of the classic Barbera d'Asti zone. The estate is comprised of two separate vineyard holdings, La Court and Il Castello, with a total area of 62 acres of which 50 are planted in Barbera vines, quite extensive for this area. The principally southwest and easterly-exposed slopes support superb, calcium and mineral rich soils which are of ideal composition for the production of great Barbera d'Asti.
Michele Chiarlo directly manages or personally oversees every aspect in the production of his wines. Eminently qualified through the expertise acquired through his involvement with the company under his father, he also holds a degree from the prestigious School of Enology at Alba. His ceaseless innovation, both in production and in marketing, has gained him the respesct of his industry. View all Michele Chiarlo Wines
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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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9 ratings, 5 with reviewsAngela Black - Napa, CA56/12/2013Lars Christensen - Lubbock, TX32/29/2012Lars Christensen - Lubbock, TX22/5/2012111/4/2011I have already contacted Wine.com concerning this wine.I feel that it must have been a bad bottle, since it was so foul tasting it was undrinkable.46/28/2011Ashvin Vaidyanathan - San Francisco, CA46/18/2011
Lip-smacking good wine. Its smooth but bold in flavor and goes well with most foods. I had it with steak and it was perfect.Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA35/6/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Very smooth, not really my taste as I like bolder wines in general (I hadn't had a Barbera before, apparently they are on the lighter side in general, so I should have steered clear based on my tastes!). I bought the wine because the critical acclaim said it was bursting with juicy blackberry, black currant and spice flavors - I don't think its bursting at all, but again, if you appreciate wines on the subtle side you might like this wine.ponza tony - Branford, CT35/14/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Easy to drink fruitywith hints of strawberries and black currant great with food or by it self.Napa Native - Napa, CA51/21/2011If you have never tasted a Barbera this is the one to start with. Barbera is one of the most planted grape varieties in Italy, this one comes from the Piedmont region. Family owned and operated by the Chiarlo family. This is a very easy to drink red wine, very fruity, not heavy with a velvety finish. I enjoy it with both food or by its self. I like to serve it to friends which are just learning to drink red wines because it is very easy to drink. I also serve it to my wine snob friends also because it is something new which many of them have never tasted along with being complex enough for their more educated palletes. If you are tryin to find something unique or different for your next dinner party which pairs well with food this is your answer.
- Light & Fruity
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 & 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.
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