Silverdale, WA 12.5% alc. (Purchased on 9/24/14)
Piemonte DOC Clear medium burgundy/ruby color. Somewhat typical earthy, mushroomy, terroir-based aromas with hints of fresh-ground black pepper. On the palate, there’s more of the same along with dried cherry and perhaps a little leather. The black pepper is far more pronounced in the flavors. A slightly sweet fruitiness comes through in the finish. Tannins are firm, but not big…and provide texture. Decent acidity rounds out the overall impression.
While it’s flavorful and balanced, it’s just not my style of red. But those who enjoy the somewhat more austere Piemonte reds, should find this Barbera tasty enough. Should do well with lighter pork dishes (picatta?), osso buco, and pastas with lighter tomato based sauces (vodka sauce?).