De Forville Barbera D’Alba 2015

De Forville Barbera D’Alba 2015 | Bottle Price: $16.99 | Case Price: $83.49

 

STORY

Barbera may get a bad rap (or no rap at all) due to its inevitable comparison to the Nebbiolo grape found in Barbaresco and Barolo, but Barbera is a fan- tastic Piedmontese varietal. It’s naturally high in acidity which complement it’s cherry-berry fruity character. It’s a bright with soft tannins. It makes for an incredibly food-friendly wine.

TASTING

De Forville’s Barbera is a young, fresh wine that is meant to be drunk early. Its bright, ruby red color holds perfumes of fresh cherry, blackberries and toasted spice. It has a fullness without losing freshness. On the palate you’ll nd tart black cherry, chocolate, and baking spices throughout. This is an amazingly versatile pairing wine, wonderful alongside cheeses, pastas, and meats. Try this with our recipe for Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops.

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As with many Italian wine producers, De Forville has a rich history. Gioacchino De Forville rst began his relationship with the land in Northwestern Italy’s Piedmont region in 1860. The De Forville winery, now over 150 years old, produces world class wines from Barbaresco, Asti, and Alba where this month’s wine is from. Alba is a commune that borders Barbaresco, and while the Nebbiolo grape is king in this region, Barbera is a lively, less expensive alternative that typically ripens earlier.

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