Balanced Blackberry Cherry Assault! Try this Italian Barbera

Wine Review: 2010 Carlin de Paolo Barbera D’Asti Superiore, Piedmont, Italy

What a pleasure to have the opportunity to taste this wine. The 2010 vintage is in its prime window of drinkability and should continue through 2017.

A juicy, rich, vibrant wine without the typical cedar, woody and astringently dry characteristics usually common in Barbera wines from Asti. The dark cherry-berry aromas mingle with crush dried mint to create alluring olfactory nuances.

Combine those aromas with a smooth and balanced blackberry cherry assault on your palate and a long lightly smoky finish. I’d say what we have here is an ability to communicate. The message I got was the winemaker intended us to experience a complete and desirous package that expresses the terroir of Asti.

Barbera and Lamb

I would highly recommend pairing this wine with a dish of baked crispy lamb ribs served with Barbera wine sauce which, by the way, if you are in Asti, is served at Restaurant Il Cavolo a Merenda.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $32 | 14.0 % ABV

Carlin de Paolo Barbera

2015-07-26T18:30:49+00:00

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