The nose is all about fruit—strawberries, pears, maybe a white peach and a grapefruit, all topped off with a black cherry. It doesn't take itself terribly seriously; in our opinion, it shouldn't have to. The flavor is all about strawberries. It's not sweet but not too tart with a surprisingly silky feel. There's a little bit of lemonade on the finish that keeps it incredibly refreshing.
Rosato di Barbera complements Asian food nicely. It's great with barbecue (particularly barbecued chicken) or grilled food. It works well with salmon—enough acidity to stand up to its richness but delicate enough not to overwhelm it; the same goes for creamy, stuffed eggs. It's refreshing—the perfect summer aperitif. We wouldn't tell if you put an ice cube in it.