Casata Monticello 2011 Barbera D’Asti

Asti DOCG, Italy; 13% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 2 Dec.  Also at the Berkeley store.

2011_CasataMonticello_BarberaDAstiThis wine was pretty tasty on first pour, but mostly had flavors just of medium ripe and tart red cherry.  It aired slowly over about 1 hr 45 min to show tangy darker cherry and plum, with complexities of licorice, orange and a trace of prune, in a medium body.  Although the wine is definitely Italian, with some tart fruit, it has more forward, ripe fruit than many Italian wines.  I found it very tasty for the price, and it held up quite well over four hours on the first night.  The saved single-glass screw cap bottle of this wine was, if anything, better than it was on the first night, with the fruit becoming more delineated and elegant, and more obviously complex.  Probably those who only like ripe, full-bodied, California wines won’t be too excited, but this one works for me.

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