Winery: Cantine Valpane
Bottling: 2006 Barbera del Monferrato “Rosso Pietro”
Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Estimated Retail Price: $15.99
Purchase Details: Purchased directly from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley, California for approximately $16.
Tasting Notes: In the glass; purple and plum hues. On the nose, notes of sweet tobacco, leather, spice and dried fruit. Flavors of dried red and black cherries, and more leather and spice. In the mouth, super fine grained tannins and an umami tinged deliciousness on the finish. A very unique, refreshing and very likeable style of barbera. You can’t find a more drinkable barbera than this.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: I’d normally suggest pizza with this, and you can still do it, but I think steaks would pair really nicely with this hefty barbera.
Winery & Other Background Information: Barbera is actually believed to have originated from the Monferrato region of Piedmont, where this particular one originates from. Ironically, most of what you tend to see on the market are the more common Barbera D’Alba and Barbera D’Asti, so it was cool to stumble upon this one.
In this price range, I’m so used to barbera’s with that signature tang and acidity that this one threw me off a bit when I first tried it. After looking at the information on the producer’s website, I found that one of the things that gives Barbera del Monferrato its uniqueness is the addition of a grape called Freisa, which lifts the wine’s aromatics and fruit profile.