Its beautifully ripe cherry-blackberry fruit is given an autumnal tinge by its time in wood, while Barbera's naturally tart acidity gives a more-ish freshness to the wine. Mark our words: this is a Barbera that will give and give and give some more, and ask for nothing in return except your loving approval.
The best Barberas are found in Asti. This is because, although there's a lot of it in neighbouring Alba, most of the best vineyard sites there are given over to the 'king of grapes', Nebbiolo; in Asti, Barbera takes pride of place on many of the best growing sites, which provide the best expressions of the grape. That's why Barbera d'Asti has been recognised as a 'DOCG' - the top quality level of Italian wine.