A weekly wrap; 23 March 2013

Well, another week has slipped by.  I somehow managed to post quite a few wine reviews this week, though this was perhaps made easier by the number of high quality wines tasted.  I still haven’t managed to write up my promised notes on my extraordinary tasting of old Chassagne-Montrachets the other week.  In fact, I’mContinue reading “A weekly wrap; 23 March 2013”

Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d’Asti 2011

Barbera from Piemonte is currently filling my gap for quality savoury wine in the mid $20s price bracket.  This particular example from Marchesi Alfieri from Barbera d’Asti is a bit more expensive at $35.  It’s a very deep ruby in colour, with aromatics of chocolate, sour cherry and anise.  The palate has reminders of plumsContinue reading “Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d’Asti 2011”

Marcarini Ciabot Camerano Barbera d’Asti 2010

In the $25-$35 price range, the barbera wines of Barbera d’Asti and Barbera d’Alba present some compelling value.  When they work, they are a happy combination of savoury, good length, good fruit and reasonable prices.  This particular wine from the Barbera d’Asti appellation is a good example.  It has aromatics of plum skins, gravel andContinue reading “Marcarini Ciabot Camerano Barbera d’Asti 2010”

Villa Terlina Gradale Barbera d’Asti 2007

I like the barbera grape and find that the wines of Barbera d’Asti and Barbera d’Alba fill a useful niche of medium priced wines that can retain a nice balance between savoury and fruit characters.  This particular Barbera d’Asti from Villa Terlina is very much ready to drink now, and displays mature characters of richContinue reading “Villa Terlina Gradale Barbera d’Asti 2007”