Looking back over nearly 2 years of wine reviews, I see that I have reviewed an impressive total of 2 barbera based wines, both local efforts from Victoria. This is an omission on my part for reasons that will shortly become apparent. Barbera has a reputation as being one of the lesser grapes of Piemonte, together with dolcetto, both overshadowed in interest and perhaps staying power by nebbiolo. But then therein lies the rub. If the barbera wines from the region normally taste like this one, I’ll have to expand my cellar. Today. The 2008 Marchese Alfieri “La Tota” from Barbera d’Asti is bright in terms of clarity and somewhere between ruby and purple in colour. It has a not particularly intense developing fragrance of red plums, herbs and cedar wood. On the palate, it excels. It has a good combination of quite considerable length, medium plus acidity and an intensity of plummy fruit flavours that fills the palate. There is little not to like about this wine. Try it. 89 to 90 points.