Happy Wine Wednesday! Today’s wine comes from the Piedmont area in northwestern Italy. This 2011 De Forville – Barbera D’Alba Vendemmia is deep red and earthy, like the region it comes from. Prepare to taste the terroir of this young wine.
The nose is both smoky and sweet. There is no doubt this is an Italian wine as that terroir reveals itself before the first sip. This is a medium-bodied red that is more earthy than fruit, as the young fruit hasn’t been allowed to mature just yet. Barbera D’Alba’s should age a bit to allow that acidic nature to soften. But the earthiness lends to its velvety, smooth finish. This is a textured wine that is both rich and traditional.
Grown alongside Barolo and Barbaresco, Barbera D’Alba vines grow best in the limestone-rich soil of the region. Due to the acidic nature of the grape, it should be allowed to age for a few years, if possible to soften those tannins. But with age comes fragility as the tannins may not weather over time. It’s worth the experiment though as a few years aging should be fine. One perk to the strong acidic nature of Barbera D’Alba is that it can stand up to pizza and hearty pasta dishes as well as some pungent and tangy cheeses.
Try something a little different than a regular Cabernet on your next trip to the wine shop. You just might realize your penchant for this fine Italian export. Enjoy!