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Barbera Bonelli 2018

 
Country: Italy
Region: Emilia romagna
Type: Red
Producer: Bonelli
Grape: Barbera
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2018
Body: Light bodied
Sweetness: Dry
Organic

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‘Cheap’ is not a word you often hear from wine merchants. Not publicly anyway. But ‘cheap’ doesn’t always have to be followed by ‘nasty’. It might also be followed by ‘cheerful’. ‘Cheap and nasty’ is a bumper roll of Poundland binbags. ‘Cheap and cheerful' is this fiendishly swiggable, bright, refreshingly fruity Barbera.


Tasting Notes

It's always fun to match the wine to the food of the region the wine is from. In the case of our Bonelli Barbera, you're spoiled for choice. A classic tagliatelle Bolognese would fit the bill very nicely. Or, if you can find a good Italian deli try gramigna (a pasta like an elongated macaroni, unique to Bologna) with a simple sausage, white wine and tomato sauce, sprinkled with blizzard of mature Parmesan. Barbera is a variety most commonly associated with Piedmont, where typically it plays second fiddle to Nebbiolo. But Barbera is planted throughout Italy, and is pretty widespread in regions like Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, in the hills between Piacenza, Bologna and Parma. What Barbera does well is concentrated black cherry fruit with a really refreshing acidity. A brilliant red to enjoy on its own or with a variety of foods.

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