The Wine: Iuli Umberta Barbera DOC (Barbera del Monferrato)
Vintage (=year): 2012
Classified: DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata)
I Paid: ~$11
Grape: Barbera 100%, or “in purezza” as they say in Italian.
Region/Location: Cerrina Monferrato, Piedmont.
A.B.V (Alcohol by Volume): 14.5%
Aged: in stainless steel vats for 10-11 months and an additional 3 months in the bottle. No oak!
My Tasting Notes: This is a bold and rubenesque-bodied red. But don’t be afraid, she’s a fruity and easy-going lady. On the nose I got hints of red and black cherries, notes of cedar, plum, and raspberry. The tannins are balanced out, giving the wine a velvety texture. It tastes darker in fruit than you might pick up on the nose, dipping into more plumminess than cherry.
The Verdict: All things considered, this is a well structured wine, inexpensive, and a great example of an unoaked Barbera wine. It’s actually so well rounded that it’s hard to detect just how high in alcohol it really is…a whopping 14.5%! I think this is a really enjoyable wine for folks that enjoy flavorful reds.
Great for: fans of Barbera, Dolcetto, or even Nebbiolo wines; red wine enthusiasts looking for something new and delightful to gulp.
Food Pairing Ideas:
Main dishes mostly. Especially main courses consisting primarily of beef, rabbit or pork, BBQ, winter stews, potatoes, chili, turkey….Think Thanksgiving Dinner versus a summertime cucumber salad or fish.