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2018 Ferdinando Principiano Barbera d'Alba


  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Alba
  • Barbera d'Alba
Drink between 2019 - 2023 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • Green Isaac Likes this wine: 89 points

    April 3, 2022 - Initially, wine had a reductive, smoky/sweaty sort of aroma that overshadowed fruit. That said, the acidity whips like a lasso and speaks clearly of Italy (general) and barbera in particular. I do not find oak.

    With some air, gave way to red cherry-like fruit. With more aeration there is even more finesse of aromas, almoat in a pinot-way combining a cherry, strawberry fruitiness with a violet-floral touch.

    I would not keep this for ageing, but it will probably last for approx 5 years without any detriment to quality.

  • Krassens Likes this wine: 89 points

    February 19, 2022 - In a great state now. Swell balance between fruit and tannins. Raspberries, black pepper, earthy. Balanced acidity and intensity.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • hooods Likes this wine: 86 points

    January 11, 2022 - Medelintensiv doft. Något unket som snabbt vädras bort. Lite fat (oklart om den fått någon fatbehandling men uppfattar bränt trä som jag förknippar med fat), röda körsbär, hallon. Inte särskillt komplex.
    Ganska kraftig smak, hög syra. På gränsen till obalanserad. Medium kropp med fina tanniner. Medel eftersmak.
    Najs ändå, men knappast publikfriande.

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  • UrbanGrill wrote: 85 points

    April 10, 2021 - Very good with food. But there is usually wine left in the bottle when the meal is over, and I don't quite enjoy this as much on its own.

  • Macman77 wrote: 84 points

    April 9, 2021 - Fruity nose with cherries, strawberries and lingonberries, a touch of licorice and a floral tone in the nose.
    Sour cherries, lingonberries, soft tannins, blueberries hidden in the back some bitterness on the palate.
    The nose is better than the taste.

    1 person found this helpful Comment

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ferdinando Principiano
  • Varietal Barbera
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Piedmont
  • SubRegion Alba
  • Appellation Barbera d'Alba

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 121 (36%)
  • Consumed 211 (64%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Grilled vegetables with a confit of tomatoes, lots of garlic, olive oil and herbs

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