I know a terrible title, luckily the grape Barbera isn’t as . Barbera was once the poor cousin in its home region of Piedmonte. All the good real estate was given to Nebbiolo, the grape of the great wines Barolo and Barbaresco, and poor barbera was the poorer cousin used mostly if secretly to give greater colour and depth to the Nebbiolo wines mentioned above but all this changed in the 1970s. Maybe it was the timely realise of the film mentioned in the title of this post or maybe it was just an attempt of rebellion for what ever reason barbera got it’s chance.
Some wine-makers and growers began to think what is we planted barbera on the prime real estate, what if we gavve it a kiss of new French oak. Well since the 70s we’ve seen their dream realised. The lightest versions are generally known for flavors and aromas of fresh fruit and dried fruits, and are best drunk young. But the wines with better balance between acidity and fruit, often with the addition of oak; thus giving them complex flavours