Barbera is the everyday drinking wine of Piedmonte. This is what Italians of that region drink, and they know wine and they won’t drink just anything. Now, why is a quality Italian wine so inexpensive? Back in 1985, some less than scrupulous Barbera producers added methanol to their wines and ended up causing 30 deaths, others survived but the methanol caused blindness. Talk about bad press for your wine. It’s been 25 years since all that nastiness and all is just about forgotten, but Barbera wines are still undervalued.
A true value. An Italian Barbera for under $10. A plum nose gives way to the full current-blackberry taste with a mild to moderate tannin creates a great mouth feel. Went great with a leg of lamb dinner I had last week.