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Five different Barbera d’Alba


It may be that there are not enough hours in the day to prepare my house, work, and write about the history of wine.  Fortunately, I can still taste wine! It was great fun to go through the five Barbera d’Alba wines featured in this post because they were all so different.  I will keep my commentary short as I plan to taste through a second set. The 2013 De Forville, Barbera d’Alba is a well-priced, grapey wine that will develop over the short term.  The evergreen forest aroma was a new experience for me!  The 2011 A&G Fantino, Cascina Dardi, Barbera d’Alba had a rather ripe nose but in the mouth it was all in balance with bonus  earthy flavors.  Of all five wines this is the one you can drink right away.  The 2009 Domenico Clerico, Trevigne, Barbera d’Alba has a killer nose but packs in some serious structure that still needs many years to resolve.  Definitely lay a few bottles down. The 2009 Giacomo Grimaldi, Pistin, Barbera d’Alba might be too funky for some but I was oddly attracted to this elegant wine.  Finally, the 2009 Marziano Abbona, Rinaldi, Barbera d’Alba came as over ripe and a bit to much for my preference.  If it were dialed back a notch it would then be in balance with the earth, fruit, and cedar.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 De Forville, Barbera d’Alba – $17
Imported by Rosenthal Wine Merchants.  This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from vines averaging 30 years of age in Barbaresco, Neive, and Alba.  The fruit  was fermented in stainless steel then aged for one year in oak barrels.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose revealed clean fruit that morphed into aromas of an evergreen forest.  The tart red fruit changed to black fruit with acidity driven flavors noticeable on the front of the tongue.  With moderate structure the wine came across as classically tight.  With air the wine was very grapey with forward acidity, a tart, linear middle, wrapped up with a nice grapey structure.  **(*) Now-2023.

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2011 A&G Fantino, Cascina Dardi, Barbera d’Alba – $20
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from 60 year old vines on sandy clay soils that was fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose bore ripe aromas that approached that of raisins.  In the mouth this was clearly a more forward wine with ripe flavors that were balanced by tart flavors on the tongue tip.  It had grip, salivating acidity, and an attractive earthy hint in the aftertaste.  With air the ripe, earthy flavors filled the mouth and developed well, taking on citrus undertones.  *** Now-2020.

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2009 Domenico Clerico, Trevigne, Barbera d’Alba – $25
Imported by Bacchus Importers.  This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from the Trevigne cru that was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 12-16 months in 40% new French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose of pure licorice remained attractive over two days.  In the mouth were fresh, dry black flavors, licorice, and obvious structure.  The acidity was integrated with the drying tannins mixing with minty fresh finish that was slightly spicy.  With air the wine remained very much the same.  Young! **(*) 2028-2026+.

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2009 Giacomo Grimaldi, Pistin, Barbera d’Alba – $26
Imported by Banville & Jones Wine Merchants.  This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, and Novello that was fermented in and aged for 9 months in stainless steel.  Alcohol 14%.  This was quite funky at first on the nose but then it cleaned up.  The flavors showed restraint and were fresh from the acidity with both ripeness and texture in good balance.  It showed spices and some roughness.  With air the flavors became slightly funk with raspberry candy, hard red fruit, and lovely acidity.  There was moderate structure and just a hint of old wood.  *** Now-2023.

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2009 Marziano Abbona, Rinaldi, Barbera d’Alba – $20
Imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons. This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from a single vineyard in Monforte d’Alba with 35-50+ year old vines.  It was fermented in stainless steel where it was aged for six months followed by eight months in French oak casks. Alcohol 15%.  The nose bore dark aromas.  In the mouth the flavors coated the tongue with ripe, earthy red fruit, mushrooms, and almost raisinated fruit.  The acidity was supporting but there was a touch of heat in the finish after which the structure became noticeable.  With air this dense, ripe wine showed extract and picked up a bit of cedar in the finish.  ** Now-2020.

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