Michele Chiarlo 2015 “Le Orme” Barbera d’Asti

Posted by Keith Wallace

There isn’t enough Barbera in the world. There used to be a bit too much, but that was back in the bad old days of 1985.  Thirty years on, the wine has lost its fans to other parts of Italy. For Piedmont fans, they usually opt for the Nebbiolos of Barolo and Barbaresco. Those looking for inexpensive bottles tend to grab a bottle of Dolcetto.

Personally, I think it’s high time to rediscover this long-forgotten grape, and this bottle is a great introduction.  On the nose, cigar and vetiver mingle with fresh cranberry and plum. A smoked plum and earthy vanilla lie of a core of crunchy tannins softened under this wine’s lush body. It finishes with fresh fruit and sage.

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