Four Barbera d’Alba from the 2012 vintage including the excellent Andrea Oberto
As we continue to seemingly spend all of our money on paint, cleaning supplies, and pillows for staging, we maintain a need for affordable, interesting wines. The 2012 vintage is a strong one for Barbera d’Alba so in this post I focus in on four selections priced from $13 to $18 per bottle. These selections were all vinified in stainless steel with all but one aged in wood. The wines ranged from rather ripe and forward to balanced. The 2012 Mauro Molino, Barbera d’Alba offers a decent value with subdued flavors of tangerines, red fruit, and bacon fat. The 2012 Rocca Giovanni, Pianromualdo, Barbera d’Alba steps up a bit with better acidity, minerality, and structure leaving the impression of a good wine for the price. Our hands-down favorite is the 2012 Andrea Oberto, Barbera d’Alba. From the aromatic nose to the long aftertaste it is a wine you will want to smell and drink. What’s great is that it is approachable right now, just give it half an hour in the decanter. It is a clear step up from the other selections so go grab a few bottles! These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Cascina Chicco, Granera Alta, Barbera d’Alba – $17
Imported by Vinifera Imports. This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from vines averaging 10 years of age. It was fermented in in stainless steel then aged in wood casks and used French barriques. Alcohol 14%. There seemed to be some volatile acidity on the nose along with linear aromas of fresh floral black fruit. In the mouth were nice focused flavors of floral citrus fruit, watering acidity, and some rough structure. *(*) 2016-2019.
2012 Rocca Giovanni, Pianromualdo, Barbera d’Alba – $14
Imported by Monsieur Touton. This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from vines planted in 1958 that underwent temperature controlled fermentation followed by 10 months aging in barrique. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose bore very ripe, grainy fruit aromas. In the mouth the flavors were fruit forward before a tight, ripe core of black fruit came hint. This had a mineral hint with salivating acidity and a dry, textured finish. The wine shows some density, a little wood note, and leaves the impression of being a nice wine for the price. ** Now-2018.
2012 Mauro Molino, Barbera d’Alba – $13
Imported by J.W. Sieg & Co. This wine is 100% Barbera that was vinified then aged for six months in stainless steel tanks. Alcohol 14%. The nose of black fruit was lifted by both greenhouse aromas and fresh tangerines. In the mouth were attractive flavors of tangerine red fruit that came across in a slightly creamy and subdued fashion. It took on some tart flavor but that was tempered by bacon fat flavors. ** Now-2017.
2012 Andrea Oberto, Barbera d’Alba – $18
Imported by M R. Downey Selections. This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from vines in La Morra. The fruit was vinified in stainless steel then 60% was aged for 8 months in stainless steel and 40% was aged for 6 months in new barriques. Alcohol 14%. This wine had a fine, proper nose. In the mouth the black and red fruit was slightly brighter than the nose suggested. There was both a citrus flavor and bacon fat aspect. There was moderate structure with citric pithe tannins. The aftertaste left flavor on the inside of the gums. Top-notch. *** Now-2018.