Learn about Barbera — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
Friendly, approachable and full of juicy red fruit, Barbera produces wines in a wide range of styles, from youthful, fresh and fruity to serious, structured and age-worthy. Piedmont is the most famous source of Barbera, but it is also planted in a few nearby Italian provinces and remains one of the most widely planted varieties in the country. Barbera actually can adapt to many climates and enjoys success in California—particularly in the Sierra Foothills—and some southern hemisphere wine regions.
Tasting Notes for Barbera
Barbera is a dry, red wine typically marked by flavors of red cherry, raspberry or blackberry. Warmer sites produce Barberas with intensely ripe fruit and complex notes of cocoa, savory spice, anise and nutmeg. Cooler sites will produce a lighter Barbera with more finesse and intriguing notes of cranberry, graphite, smoke, lavender and violet.
Perfect Food Pairings for Barbera
Barbera’s prominent acidity makes it a natural match with tomato-based dishes, making it an easy pairing with a wide array of Italian cuisine. It works just as well with lighter red meat dishes, hamburgers or barbecue.
Sommelier Secrets for Barbera
In the past it wasn’t common or even accepted to age Barbera in oak but today both styles—oaked and unoaked—abound, at least in Piedmont. In fact, many Piemontese producers today still make a deliciously pure, fruity and unoaked version, intended for earlier consumption. The wine world didn't realize Barbera's potential until Giacomo Bologna's debut of the barrique-aged Barbera called Bricco dell’Uccellone in Asti in the 1960s. Many of the better bottlings of Piemontese Barbera can age gracefully for 10-15 years or more.
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St. Mary's Bells & Whistles Red 2004Barbera from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti Superiore 2004Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2004Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Tenuta Carlina La Togata Brunello di Montalcino 2004Barbera from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Renwood Winery Sierra Series Barbera 2004Barbera from Sierra Foothills, California
Tamas Estates Barbera 2004Barbera from Central Coast, California
Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d'Asti 2004Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Cabutto Barbera d'Alba 2004Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Hastae Barbera d'Asti Quorum 2004Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2004Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Paolo Scavino Affinato in Carati Barbera d'Alba 2004Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Seghesio Barbera 2004Barbera from Sonoma County, California
Domaine Jerome Sordet Perlydia 2004Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Quinta de Loureiro Barbera d'Asti Gradale 2004Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Prunotto Costamiole Barbera d'Asti 2004Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy