If you want to impress your friends at dinner with a very good piedmontese red wine, then taste Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009 from Manera wine farm in Alba (Cuneo).
Barbera grapes mainly grow in Piedmont, Lombardia and Emilia Romagna. This wine has always been considered as a table wine for its “drinkable” qualities but today it can be proud of its great success due to an improvement in the winemaking techniques.
Vinified in purity (only using Barbera grapes), it has to be aged one year in oak barrels and the next six months aging in bottles. Its high alcohol level (14.5 degrees) allows it to be easily combined with tasty dishes based on red meat and well aged cold cuts and cheese.
Intense ruby red in colour with light garnet nuances, it runs thick in the glass.
The bouquet is intense, ethereal and slightly fruity (cherry and blackberry). The spices, due to the aging in barrels, are evident and reminds of cocoa, liquorice and tobacco.
The taste is dry, strong and warm. The acidity level, typical of Barbera grapes, is well balanced with the tannic and alcoholic components. It presents a pleasant and persistent bitter ending.
Serve it, after decantation, at the temperature of 18-20 degrees and taste this elegant Barbera with rich dishes based on red meat and game, strong cheese and cold cuts.