Wine For The Fortnight – Villa Sparina Barbera Del Monferrato Superiore 2012

Since our last “Better Know A Varietal” feature was on Barbera (http://thewinepopulist.com/?p=373), I thought it would be nice to review one. Villa Sparina’s Barbera Del Monferrato Superiore 2012, is a very nice example of a modern take on Barbara. While the wine maker does not use oak to add tannins they do allow the malolactic fermentation (See http://thewinepopulist.com/?p=225 for a discussion of oak aging and http://thewinepopulist.com/?p=23 for a discussion of malolactic fermentation). This rounds out what can otherwise be an acidic variety into a wine that makes a nice sipping wine as well as going great with food. The bright cherry notes are underlain with the flavors of plums and even a bit of cedar. Barbara’s are general very food friendly. This one would be great with a plate of cheese and charcuterie. It retails for around $16, which is mid priced for a Barbera from Monferrato. Enjoy.

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