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Barbera d'Alba 2010 Wine Review
Beni Di Batasiolo Barbera D'Alba
Beni Di Batasiolo Barbera D'Alba 2010
I bought this wine at a wine shop in downtown Manhattan along with a bottle of Barolo. I wanted to drink both over the weekend with some home cooked Italian meals. This Barbera by Beni di Batasiolo cost me $12. I don't think the price had any hidden meaning in terms of quality. Barbera wines are not "mainstream" and the demand comes from those who appreciate high quality wines and Italian wines in general for that matter.
The color of this Barbera D'Alba was a bit on the dark side. Kind of a dark purple. It has a classic old world color. It gave me the impression that it would be a classic Barbera D'Alba and there wouldn't be any new world tricks.
The aroma was sweet. The bouquet hit me like a ton of bricks. My impression was that when I drink this thing, it was going to be sweet and not dry like Barbera should be. I actually liked the aroma though. I barely picked up any alcohol in the smell which pleased me. I smelled a mixture of red and dark berries. I couldn't pinpoint which berries specifically. It was very complex and deep. It was refreshing and created a lot of anticipation before my first sip.
I definitely tasted the same berry mixture on the front palette that I smelled in the aroma. But this sweetness goes away quickly. As quickly as the wine flows from front of the palette to the back. It was an exciting introduction to my mouth. As soon as the Barbera hit my mid to back palette, that sweet berry mixture turned sour but in a pleasing way. And that change from sweet to sour from every sip stayed consistently good. It wasn't so overpowering that I was desensitized by the overstimulation of sweet and sour. It was just enough. It paired well with my homemade pasta sauce that contained extra garlic. It created a great contrast in taste.
The acidity was on the higher side for a red wine. But that's what made this Barbera D'Alba exciting throughout the tasting.
For such a young wine, the tannins were few and far between. I personally like tannic wine and this one didn't have it. This is probably my only complaint for this Barbera. But we can't have it all can we? If you were to buy this wine and find it at your local wine shop, I wouldn't wait too long to drink it. I don't believe this wine has much aging potential because of the low tannic content. This wine is in it's prime!
This is a fully body red wine. Even though there is a sweet beginning to this Barbera, I wouldn't drink it without food. It would be overwhelming. Eat a heavy meal with this big boy! It will slice through almost anything that you would want to pair with it.
I think that this Barbera D'alba is balanced and structured well. All elements are present and make it known to the drinker. But like I said, the tannins are low. But this could be another thing that makes this wine interesting. I'd still consider this Barbera to be a dry red wine but with low tannin content. Quite an interesting quality.
Final Thoughts on Barbera D'Alba by Beni Di Batasiolo
I bought this Barbera for $12 on sale. It was retailing at the wine store for $18. The shop was trying to "push" this wine out to empty the inventory. I would not attribute this to the wine being subpar in quality. I just think that Barbera doesn't get the public relation attention that it deserves.