Full Review

Luisi

Luisi
2016 Barbera d’Asti

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.99
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Luisi
2016 Barbera d’Asti

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, black tea with cream, coffee beans, rose petal jam, and chamomile with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing notes of tobacco and sage with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy Barbera that is a great light-bodied choice for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: raspberry, black tea with cream, coffee beans, rose petal jam, and chamomile
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of tobacco and sage
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Taleggio, Spaghetti Carbonara, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy Barbera that is a great light-bodied choice for the table.

The Producer or Importer

Quintessential Wines

The Producer or  Importer
18 Weyburn Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
USA
1 914-882-4285

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Barbera

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Barbera is a hearty, spicy red, produced most notably in Italy's Piedmont region as well as in California, especially in Sonoma, where it was brought there by Italian immigrants in the 19th century.

Barbera is a distinctive red wine as it has very high acidity as well as very light tannins. Given the acidity, it is an ideal choice at lunch with salumi, as the acidity cuts through the fat of the meat.

It is the most widely planted red variety of Piedmont and most versions are straightforward, slightly rustic wines that are meant for simple foods such as pizza and lighter pastas. However over the past twenty years, producers- especially in the Asti province - have made more "serious" versions of Barbera d'Asti, aged in small oak barrels. These are riper and more weighty versions, light years away from the traditional style.

California has some representative examples, with ripe blackberry fruit and light spice, yet Barbera has yet to receive the same attention as many other red varieties in the state. Most are best consumed young with grilled meats.