Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti 2008
Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.
"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."
If 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.
Smooth & Supple
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.
Light & Fruity
Easy to drink fruitywith hints of strawberries and black currant great with food or by it self.
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.
I 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.
Learn About Michele Chiarlo Map It
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,...
Read More About Michele Chiarlo
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...
Read More About Piedmont
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...
Read More About Barbera