|Cluster of Barbera. Photo credit: Wikipedia|
At a young age, the wine is very bright and tastes of cherry, primarily. As the wine is aged, it exhibits a denser sour-cherry taste with hints of plum. The wine has never been overly popular, but is gaining momentum among members of the wine community as winemakers continue to improve growing and aging methods. It is often aged in oak barrels which balance its acidity and help contribute some tannic structure, as the wine is known for being low in tannin.
Straight Barbera wines are produced, though it is thought by many that Barbera blends are superior, as this highly acidic wine can be blended with a varietal higher in tannin to produce a more balanced, flavorful wine.
The typical bottle of Barbera wine can cost anywhere from $10 to way out of my price range! Critics and lovers alike claim that a good bottle of Barbera doesn’t have to be expensive and that $13 can get you a very decent compliment to your meal.
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