Barbera

Common synonyms: Besgano, Barbera e Raspo, Lombardesca, Perricone, Gaietto, Ughetta, Pignatello, Barberone

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
 
History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fourth most planted grape in all of Italy. 7th century Lombard historian, Paul the Deacon, wrote that the Lombard troops defeated the Franks at the Battle of Refrancore after getting them schnoggered on the local wine, which was likely Barbera. The jugs had been scattered all over the field and the Franks willingly drank from them, and lost their coordination. 13th century documents from the Casale Monferrato have details of leasing agreements for vineyards planted with “de bons vitibus barbexinis,” which is Barbera. In 1798 Count Novolune, the deputy director of the agrarian society of Turin, named Barbera as one of the grapes in his list of “Vitis vinifera Montisferratensis,” the grapes surrounding Read more »

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  • La Torre Sangue di Giuda Dell'Oltrepo Pavese Frizzante 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Interesting wine. Haven't had a Barbera in years - worth the money? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I opened a 2014 Veglio Barbera d'Alba last night. Light ruby in color. Light medium bodied. Red fruited and high acid with an almost tanninless finish. If drank blind, I would of bet it was a example of an Barbera d'Asti. Read More

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  • Veglio Michelino E Figlio Barbera d'Alba 2014

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    Light ruby in color. Light medium bodied. Red fruited and high acid withan ... ... bet it was a example of an Barbera d'Ast Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Pico Maccario Lavignone Rose Piedmont 2017

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    Highly floral aromas of raspberry and cherry with perfumed white blossom and hints of pear. Nice mouthfeel on this with good acidity but not overpowering, cinnamon and black pepper spice, cherry and strawberry fruit, a bit of dried herb and a candied plum and grapefruit finish that turns creamy at the end. Well-rounded and enjoyable. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Damilano Barbera d'Alba Lablu 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera Piemonte DOC 2016

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    Clear cranberry juice coloration and rather oily around the inside of my wine glass. Aromas that are of super concentrated fruits (grape/bing cherry/blackberry/blueberry), along with plummy spice, dry Earthy notes and some alcohol burn. The flavors follow suit and provide a deep, rich fruit-berry profile, with pronounced blackberry, blueberry,... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Pertinace Barbera d'Alba 2015

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    This is the 2015 vintage and the third vintage I've bought from them. Ripe ... ... tart tanninless finish. Nice barbera and nice for a chang Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  •      I too enjoy white wines and that is all my wife drinks but ... tart tanninless finish. Nice barbera and nice for a change.     Anyone else enjoy barber Read More

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  • Stark Wine Company Barbera Damiano Vineyard 2013

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    A lot of light comes through the glassmuch like what I would expect from an Italian wine. Red fruit on entrycherry, strawberry. A little bit of slate from mid- to rear-palate. Really needs acid. Its not an awful wine, its just not, particularly, satisfying. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Just bought an Umberto Fiore Barbera D'Alba 2003. The wine store owner is a friend and said if it was no good he would replace it with another wine. Does anyone have a comment on this vineyard and vintage?

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  • goodd.

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  • strange vine i've tasted tenutta careta , it needs at least one day after the opening to taste all flavors it can give.

    Comment by 553590gulea 553590 gulea


  • oh sorry i forgot to mention the fantastic barbera`s from my friend gianni abrigo from treiso loreto and mervisano

    Comment by 681250artichoke 681250 artichoke


  • barbera what a memories as a little boy growing up in piedmont,remember my granpa drinking barbera and playing boccie,that were the seventies many thing are changed in better barbara long time ago was a very cheap and modest wine then all sudden the mitical giacomo bologna ACTUALLY HE STARTED bottling barbera in 1961 when everybody sold barbera ...

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  • exelant barbera ansisia 2003

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  • Styxdvr: Try Boeger Barbera from the Sierra Foothills, a much underated AVA. The area has many microclimate that are excellent for growing many varietals.

    Comment by 163357thewineattic 163357 thewineattic


  • In reply to thewineattic on California barberas, the only domestic barbera I've found that I like is from Sunset Cellars: http://www.sunsetcellars.com/Barbera.html My favorite barberas are from Bruno Giacosa and the Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba Giada. The 2005 Giada is amazing, although it needs a good hour to breathe. I have not tried ...

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