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Barbera is traced back to the hills Monferrrato during the 13th century, and makes up nearly half of the Piemonte grape production to this day.  Piemonte generally has poor, calcareous soil, which tames this otherwise vigorous grape to produce lower yields.  The limited yields also benefit from Piemonte’s warmer weather, which raises the residual sugar in order to balance the grape’s natural acidic and tannic character.  In fact, Barbera lends itself so well to the Piemonte climate, it ripens two weeks prior to it’s counterpart, Nebbiolo.  However, depending on the vintage sometimes the enologist will leave the Barbera on the vine to ripen it more thoroughly.  Regardless of when it is picked, the Barbera grape is the “work horse” of the Piemonte region and one of the most produced grapes in Italy.      

Typical characteristics of Barbera are a deep ruby color, high acidity, and slightly tannic.  Aromas from the grape are usually plum, cherry, raspberry, black pepper, and baking spices.
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Gianfranco Alessandria Vittoria Barbera D Alba 2009 Gianfranco Alessandria Vittoria Barbera D Alba

Producer: Gianfranco Alessandria
Vintage: 2009
Region: Piemonte
Sub-Region: Barbera D Alba DOC
Varietal: Barbera (100%)
Color: Red

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2014 Bel Colle Ape Reale Barbera d'Alba DOC 2014 Bel Colle Ape Reale Barbera d'Alba DOC

Producer: Bel Colle
Vintage: 2014
Region: Piemonte
Sub-Region: Barbera d'Alba DOC
Varietal: Barbera (100%)
Color: Red

Gianfranco Alessandria Linsieme 2004 2004 Gianfranco Alessandria Linsieme

Producer: Gianfranco Alessandria
Vintage: 2004
Region: Piemonte
Varietal: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cab Sauv
Color: Red

Our Price: $57.99

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Cascina Morassino Barbera D Alba Vignot 2011 Cascina Morassino Barbera D Alba Vignot

Producer: Cascina Morassino
Vintage: 2011
Region: Piemonte
Sub-Region: Barbera D Alba DOC
Varietal: Barbera (100%)
Color: Red

Our Price: $33.99
Barbera Bianco white wine of lombardia 2014 Castello di Cigognola Bianca

Producer: Castello di Cigognola
Vintage: 2014
Region: Lombardia
Varietal: Barbera
Color: White

Our Price: $27.99

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Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera D Alba 2015 Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera D Alba DOC

Producer: Gianfranco Alessandria
Vintage: 2015
Region: Piemonte
Sub-Region: Barbera D Alba DOC
Varietal: Barbera (100%)
Color: Red

Our Price: $19.99
2007 Scrimaglio FIGC Italia Barbera 2007 Scrimaglio FIGC Italia Barbera

Producer: Scrimaglio
Vintage: 2007
Region: Piemonte
Sub-Region: Barbera DOC
Varietal: Barbera (100%)
Color: Red

Our Price: $33.99
   
 

In Piemonte, Barbera is the main grape of four different appellations:
Barbera d’Asti DOCG
(encompassing an area surrounding the towns of Asti and Alessandria, and requiring the use of 90% or more of Barbera grapes and a minimum aging of 4 months for the base version or 14 months, of which at least 6 months in wood barrels for the “Superiore” version).
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore DOCG
(encompassing the Monferrato district near Alessandria and an area near the town of Asti, requiring the use of 85% or more of Barbera grapes and a minimum aging of 14 months, of which at least 6 months in wood barrels).
Barbera Grapes

Barbera d’Alba DOC (encompassing an area in the vicinities of the town of Cuneo and requiring the use of 85% or more of Barbera grapes)
Barbera del Monferrato DOC
(encompassing the Monferrato district near Alessandria and an area near the town of Asti, requiring the use of 85% or more of Barbera grapes).

Given its wide distribution, Barbera is produced in a variety of styles, ranging from simpler, “younger” versions that are only aged in steel vats to more structured and evolved versions that are aged in oak barrels, including sometimes barrique casks.

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