Bosio 2014 Barbera D’Asti

Barbera D’Asti DOCG, Piedmont, Italy; 13% ABV
(pretty sure it was) $6 at the Richmond, CA, store

Bosio_2014_BarbaraDAstiThis 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.

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2 thoughts on “Bosio 2014 Barbera D’Asti

  1. JoelA

    I concur. It’s a little lighter than many barberas but still a good wine, and for about 40% of the retail price of many

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  2. seedboy

    I feel like Barbera’s job is to be uncomplicated and tasty. This one is uncomplicated and moderately tasty.

    Reply

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