The 2007 vintage of this was AWESOME and drank like a much more expensive Barbera. This vintage is fine, but more in line with the $15 price. Nice with basic spaghetti dinner. Minimal aging potential, just good basic entry level Barbera. Same as 11/11/14 notes.
This wine varies a lot vintage to vintage, but is usually an exceptional value ($14.49 for us). The 2007 WAY outperformed its price, the 2008 fell way short. The 2009 is closer to the 2007 than 2008, just simply very good Italian Barbera for the price. It had the cherry fruit, spice, inkiness and earthiness that we are used to, but none of the sediment we saw in the incredibly robust 2007 (sediment is not a criticism, some very good wines throw sediment). This is still a click more than medium-bodied. Enough acidity, while well-balanced tannins to make it match with many foods up to and including grilled fare, but might not quite stand up to spicy fare. DRINK NOW, and it may fade out a tad in late 2015/early 2016, but we did decant it, so maybe if you don't decant and instead pop and pour it would have a longer life? Good basic entry level Barbera.
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