Conterno Fantino Vignota Barbera D’Alba 2014

This is a sound Barbera D’Alba from Conterno Fantino.  Barbera seems capable of so many styles, it is difficult to generalise.  This one is in the fresh and racy style, and hasn’t seen oak lavished on it.  In fact, only second fill French oak barrels are used.  It shows.  Aromas of plum, olive, chocolate and then, sour cherry.  Piquant acidity defines the palate, with a balanced expression of sour cherry that proves very drinkable.  Pleasant enough, albeit at $40s in Australia, seems fully priced.  (Alc: 13.5%, Region: Piemonte, Italy, Rating: Good, Drink: now, Tasted: August, 2017)

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Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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