One of the world's truly Best Buys in red wine is Barbera d'Alba from the famous Piedmont region in Italy. They are a bargain and drink great while young. Don't miss these beauties!
The Alba viticultural area covers both the town of Alba and the surrounding Langhe hills and overlaps with those of Piedmont's two most famous red wines – Barolo and Barbaresco. The best Barbera d'Alba wines are sourced from hillside vineyard sites close to Barolo. When young they offer fresh flavors of cherries, blueberries and raspberries. Relatively rich, bold and flavorful, the most powerful examples might just be compared to Barolo or Barbaresco. There is a distinct difference between Barbera d'Alba and Barbera d'Asti – its counterpart from the neighboring Asti province, which is generally considered lighter and more 'feminine'. For a wine to be legally labeled as Barbera d'Alba, it must be made from at least 85 percent Barbera grapes. The other 15 percent may be made up of Piedmont's noblest wine grape, Nebbiolo. The added designation of Superiore may be added to labels if the wine is aged for 12 months prior to release, of which at least 4 months must be spend in oak barrels.
2019 Castello di Neive - Barbera d'Alba Santo Stefano
The Barbera grapes for this wine come from the famed Santo Stefano vineyard which initially caused critics to believe Italo Stupino, the owner of Castello di Neive, was crazy as this vineyard is typically reserved for the hallowed Nebbiolo. This 100% Barbera proved them wrong as it expresses the depth for which Santo Stefano is known while still retaining Barbera's signature fruit. The grapes for this wine are pressed and then allowed to mature for 9 months in large wooden vats to allow the wines to mellow and develop their complexity. Dark ruby red in color with hints of crushed raspberries and violets, undertones of herbs, woodland berries and cacao make this wine truly unforgettable. On the palate, velvety tannins and a medium body make for an elegant, yet structured wine.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
|Sale $21.99 | SKU 86370
2019 Vietti - Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne
Beautifully rich and layered, the Vietti 2019 Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne meets all its marks. The wine offers pleasure, softness, concentration and an easy-drinking style that could accompany and enhance any of your favorite foods, from pasta to grilled meat. It ends with richness and a sweet note that lands softly onto the palate. Some 35,000 bottles were made.
91 Points Monica Larner Wine Advocate
|Sale $23.99 | SKU 88694
2020 Vajra, G. D. - Barbera d'Alba Superiore
The 2020 Barbera d'Alba Superiore emerges from Bricco Bertone in Sinio, just outside the Barolo zone. Black cherry, gravel, spice, menthol and leather confer gravitas to this very young Barbera. The Superiore has a track record of aging exquisitely. I wouldn't dream of touching a bottle anytime soon. This is one of the most under the radar wines in all of Piedmont.
93+ Points Antonio Galloni Vinous Media
|Sale $34.99 | SKU 90088