I tasted the following Barberas at Prince Wine Store (South Melbourne). Nice entry-level Italian wines at a reasonable price (taking into consideration shipping etc). These would make an enjoyable punt for any mildy warmer evening. At this moment, I think the Paitin Campolive is particularly tasty.
Massolino Barbera d’Alba DOC 2010, Piedmont, Italy
$38 Medium ruby colour. Young vibrant cherry aromas with a steak of sappiness, and lily florals. Rich, fresh cherries, red berries and black raspberry. Plush even tannin load with wonderful acidity. Drink now – 2018+. 92/100.
Brezza Santa Rosalia Barbera d’Alba 2009, Piedmont, Italy
$35 Medium ruby colour with a robust meaty nose of red berries and rose petals. Lovely bright fruit, although I think the acidity can afford to take a step backwards. Easy drinking. Drink now 88/100.
E Pira Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009, Piedmont, Italy
$55 Medium ruby colour with smoky aromas of sweet spice, plum and aniseed which as a combination immediately scream out for roasted duck fillets. Dry, med-bodied wine that is of silky texture, this has soft, plush tannins and pleasant acidity. Flavours of red currants and plum fruit, there is residual touch of white floral perfume. Drink now – 2020. 91/100.
Conterno Fantino Barbera Vignota 2009, Piedmont, Italy
$50 Inky ruby colour with lovely youthful perfume of poached berries. 14.5% alc, medium-bodied wine with dry, sweet tannins. Attractive dark berry flavours, red currants red cherry. Elegant finish. Drik 2015 – 2025. 91/100.
Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne 2009, Piedmont, Italy
$50 Medium ruby colour with a young masculine aromatic profile of red berries and glazed meat skillets. Medium-bodied wine, 14% alc, high acidity and soft tannins. Bright and fresh red cherry, currants and a splash of Ribena sweetness on the end. An entry level wine that could do with more time. Drink 2013 – 2018. 92/100.
Paitin Barbera d’Alba Campolive 2008, Piedmont, Italy
$55 ‘Campolive’ is a reference to the olive groove that was the previous incarnation of the vineyard. A single vineyard wine that is medium ruby colour and has a focussed, enticing bouquet of cherry, raspberry and peppercorns. A medium-bodied wine with layers of rich fruit that is balanced by enough acidity to keep it fresh, despite appearing in a moderate level. Drink now – 2018. 90/100.