Barbera D’Asti DOCG, Piedmont, Italy; 13% ABV
(pretty sure it was) $6 at the Richmond, CA, store
This wine’s back label touts “rich plum and blackberry flavors,” and I agree with this description. However, except for a slight liqueur character, I don’t have much else to add. Although the fruit is somewhat rich and quite ripe for an Italian Barbera, it’s a fairly simple wine although pleasant enough. The acid is perhaps less than typical of Italian wines, and not showing much of the usually more tart Barbera acid. After being decanted about 2 hours, the wine lightens to a ripe red cherry, with a little more complexity of wood, but it is still not especially interesting.
I liked the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) better. The plum and blackberry flavors are nicely integrated with the cherry, with a smoothly polished, mild liqueur character, and a little woody / almondy bitterness. The acid is still less than usual for Barbera, but not bad. Overall, this is a quite enjoyable wine for the price.