Full Review

Contempo

Contempo
2019 Barbera, Piemonte DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99
Best Buy

Contempo
2019 Barbera, Piemonte DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Barbera

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, compressed watermelon, blackberry custard, hints of rose, carob, and earth with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish that presents accents of bay leaf with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rock solid Barbera with a nice blend fruity and earthy notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cherry, compressed watermelon, blackberry custard, hints of rose, carob, and earth
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of bay leaf
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock solid Barbera with a nice blend fruity and earthy notes.

The Importer

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The Importer
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USA
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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.