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This barbera is from the beautiful Cascinone vineyard in Piedmont. Bursting with ripe juicy red fruit this medium-bodied Italian red has had time in large old oak casks softening the tannins. This is a perfect pizza or pasta wine as many think that barbera is one of the grapes that most suits tomato sauces.
Product Code: IT29861
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Araldica is the trading name of the successful co-operative at Castelvero in Italy’s north-western Piedmont region. It is one of the most important producers of Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d’Alba, and also makes excellent Gavi, Moscato and Prosecco. Founded in 1954 by a small group of growers, headed by their parish priest, the co-op has evolved greatly from its simple origins and now it owns the largest winery in Piedmont. It currently has around 200 members, cultivating 900 hectares of vines throughout the region, but in particular its vineyards in the Monferrato hills are celebrated for the quality of their barbera. As the business expanded in the latter half of the 20th century, the company also acquired a modern, temperature-controlled bottling plant and warehouse, with a large capacity to store its barrels made from the region’s traditionally favoured Slovenian oak.While Italy is generally known for its sun-baked vineyards, Piedmont is actually as far north as Bordeaux, and the nearby Alps make a marked impact on the temperatures which are much more in line with classic French regions. The hot summers are followed by very cold, often snowy winters, and the melting snow is an excellent marker of vineyard quality: the best vineyards have the fastest-melting snow because they receive the most sunshine.The co-op members mostly grow native grape varieties such as barbera, nebbiolo and dolcetto for the reds and cortese, arneis and moscato for the whites. They also grow lesser-known varieties like brachetto and freisa, as well as international varieties such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Vineyards are spread across the major areas of the Langhe, Monferrato, Roero and Gavi. Generally speaking, barbera is grown in more exposed, sunny areas, because it is one of the more hardy and adaptable varieties, whereas more delicate varieties are planted in sheltered areas. That said, the co-op owns some of the best barbera sites in the region.Additional premium estates in the region have been added to the company’s portfolio since 1999. First, the co-op bought the 60-hectare Il Cascinone estate in the Monferrato hills in central-eastern Piedmont, and completely revamped the vineyards and cellars here. This is the site of some of its best barbera plantings. It subsequently purchased La Battistina, a 30-hectare south-facing vineyard, and one of the best sites in Gavi. The excellent old vines here have an average age of 35 years. The unique, well-draining, mineral-rich limestone and chalk soils here are perfect for the high acidity levels of cortese, the official Gavi grape, and Araldica further enhances its character by ageing 20% of the blend in oak. This superb wine is the source for The Society’s Gavi. The co-op is ably run by Claudio Manera, whose wife Lella is also an oenologist working in the laboratory. The winery is based at Castelvero: its oldest part was built in 1954, but over the years the traditional cement tanks have been replaced with stainless-steel ones, as well as wooden barrels for careful oak maturation where appropriate. Here, Claudio leads a team of four other winemakers, and their creations continue to win awards for being excellent examples of their kind.
The most renowned of the north western wine regions of Italy is Piemonte, and it is arguable that it is the most renowned of all Italy’s wine producing regions. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, both made solely from the nebbiolo grape that performs particularly well on the slopes around the town of Alba, Piemonte produces some of the most famous, and increasingly sought after, wines in the World. These are wines that manage to harmonise power and finesse, harnessing the abundant tannins of nebbiolo to richness and concentration but, in good examples, never tipping over into heaviness. They have all the components necessary to make wines that can age for many years and achieve a silky elegance that reminds many of the finest Burgundies. The climate is largely continental with a little influence from the Mediterranean over the hills helping to maintain the long, warm autumns that nebbiolo needs to reach full ripeness on the limestone, clay and sandy soils not far from the Alps to the north.Besides nebbiolo the Piemontese also make wines from varieties that give them something to drink while the Barolos and Barbarescos mature gracefully in vat and bottle. Dolcetto (little sweet one in Italian) and barbera are the principal varieties, best known for producing fruity, lively reds to match the foods of the region but which are also now being taken more seriously and given the treatment that can turn them into something far more refined and structured through lower yields, better sites and oak ageing. Beside them growers persist with the lesser known but just as fascinating freisa, rouchet, grignolino, brachetto, pelaverga, bonarda, croatina and vespolina, and the white varieties cortese and arneis. Lastly, but these days not necessarily least, Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui are two wines that, when made well, can be a delight – frothy, sweet and fragrant bubblies of low alcohol and gentle fizz for enjoying with a range of desserts when lightness of touch is called for or for drinking in the garden on a warm Summers’ evening.North of Piemonte is the Valle d’Aosta, the smallest wine region in Italy squeezed into a valley abutting the Alps almost in the shadow of Mont Blanc and reaching out to the French border. Here, on steep Alpine slopes, varieties like petite rouge, fumin, malvoisie and petite arvine sit alongside a few plantings of chardonnay and make characterful wines with a mountain freshness that goes delightfully with the local cuisine. Slightly to the east a scramble of small appellations such as Gattinara, Ghemme and Lessona produce perfumed and fine boned variations on nebbiolo, here known as spanna and sometimes blended with other local varieties, that were once more famous than Barolo. In the north-east of the region on the border with Switzerland Valtellina Superiore also majors in nebbiolo of excellence, this time within the region of Lombardy. Head south from Valtellina Superiore to the hills around Lago d’Iseo and the méthode traditionelle sparkling wines of Franciacorta are made from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot bianco grapes. Throughout Lombardy still wines are made from an assortment of varieties in several different appellations without any making a stand as the focal point of regional production. Perhaps the closest to achieving such recognition, besides the increasingly well-known Franciacorta, is Lugana just south of Lake Garda where turbiano (aka verdicchio) can produce some excellent, fragrant whites on a flat glacial plain where the lake acts as a moderator of temperatures, cooling the air with its breezes. Liguria, famed more for its picturesque and exclusive Riviera resorts than its wines, runs in a strip from the French frontier to the border with Tuscany. Vineyards are small and fragmented due to the rugged terrain as the Ligurian Appenines finally curl and dip towards the sea and because of this Liguria’s production is tiny, if interesting. Vermentino, rossese, sangiovese and dolcetto are all grown but the most famous wine, oft seen by the tourists who consume most of it, is Cinque Terre made from bosco with either vermentino or albarola blended in.Finally, the wines of Colli Piacentini, Oltrepo Pavese and Gutturnio close to the city of Piacenza on the edge of the Emilia-Romagna, if chosen carefully, can provide much pleasure with wines made from barbera, bonarda and a number of international varieties. However, much of the crop and the wines made here are destined for spumante producers or blenders based elsewhere.
"This beautiful wine slipped down a treat with homemade stonebaked pizzas. Well-balanced, fruity, juicy cherry and bramble flavours burst on the tongue with only the lightest touch of oak in the background. This will be a firm favourite in our household, what a stunner."
I would recommend this wine
"Amazing wine. Robust, well balanced, smooth with a thick liquorice flavour that lasts for an age. At £30 I'd be pleased, at £18 I'd be well happy - at £8 I'm delirious. It's not a screw-cap btw - a nice, tight squeaky cork. I'd agree with the 2023 date; but why wait.
Hang on ... just noticed it's not longer available. Hope it comes back soon ..."
"We really enjoyed this wine. Intense colour. Fruity nose. Plum and black cherry with a light touch of oak on palate. Went well with roast chicken. Not just a red meat/ BBQ wine. Good Value for money"
I would recommend this wine
"We love this wine and is so easy to drink, the fruity taste of cherries is so refreshing. The wine is well balanced and smooth with just enough acidity to round it off. This is the third time we've ordered this wine and we weren't disappointed. If you like a light wine to go with chicken or pasta, or to drink on its own, this is the wine. For the price this is a great wine and I would recommend it."
"We opened and decanted some hours before drinking and were surprised that initial sips were rather thin and had a faint metallic aftertaste. after half an hour in the glass it was much improved with more fruit, a breadth of taste and the metallic after taste had (fortunately) dissipated, leaving a much more satisfying experience. From initial ratings as a 2* it verged on 4* so hence the 3* overall."
"6 out of 5 for this wine. It really is quite sensational. It has the charm and juicyness of a new world barbera and the structure and refinement of a north Italian red. This has always been one of the Societys most consistent reds, but I'm with a previous reviewer...the price of this wine? ...its an absolute steal. Its drinking straight out of the bottle so i'm dubious of whether it'll last past 2021..but why worry you'll have drunk them all way before then."
"I suspect we got unlucky and our bottle was oxidized as it was not remotely as described by the reviews. We've had an amazing run of fabulous Wine Society purchases but this is where our run ended. This was extremely acidic, basically red wine vinegar. We tried using an electric aerator and left it in a decanter for 2 hours but it made no difference. Utterly undrinkable. Opened the Society's Victoria Shiraz and now all's well in my glass."
"Outstanding wine. At prices well above this with other wines, I debate which rating to give. Not so with this. Undeniably five star as far as I’m concerned. Light, complex, delightful. "
"Excellent value. Medium bodied, generously fruity with a lingering tannic burr. Very pleasant and undemanding drinking at £8.95."
"Excellent value and smooth drinking after its been allowed to breathe, as others have commented it seems a little sour when first opened but improves after 30 minutes, as also mentioned, compliments our version of a Bolognese pasta I should have ordered more of this wine!"
"Fruity, but a little sharp"
" Lovely Barbera. Too eager to taste at opening it seemed overly sour, but soon resolved as a fine equilibrium of red berries and oak within half an hour. What value! Ideal type of this grape."
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"Found this nondescript and rather disappointing
Much preferred the other Barbera on the Wine Champions list"
Mr Steven Foster (12-Jul-2020)
"A fair wine at this price point."
Mr Richard Simon (30-Jun-2020)
"Excellent, even straight out of the bottle with no decanting, but even better later after a hour or so decanted. Was smooth enough to go with deserts better than some whites.
At that price, excellent value and I would like to compare it with a Castello del Poggio Barbera d'Asti (retails at about £16) that we also loved some months ago."
Mr John Keith Millns (29-Jun-2020)
"Great value and terrific for drinking with food (pasta etc). Well balanced and fruity. We’ve had a few bottles over the past few weeks and together with the Society’s Rioja it remains our favourite early evening tipple"
Mr John H Summers (04-Apr-2020)
"Very good would xrecommend this "
Mr John D Brookes (20-Mar-2020)
"A mellow, moreish wine that grows in the drinking. Recently ordered to provide the refreshment for a pottery exhibition and brought the punters on side. It became the wine of choice over a much more expensive and rather thin chianti. Great with Italian staples of pizza & pasta. "
Mr Matthew Hilton-Dennis (05-Mar-2020)
"This is the poorest wine I've ever had from the Society. Bitter and just unpleasant. It stands out from the rest - but for all the wrong reasons. Pity I bought 2 of them - might do as cooking wine but not sure... Maybe it was just one duff bottle?"
Mr Mark Phillips (18-Feb-2020)
Mr Angus Clark (24-Oct-2020)
"Typical dark Barbera colour but without the fresh fruit and acidity that you might expect. More like blackberries, and perhaps liquorice. Other 14.5% wines have more power."
Professor Stephen Babbage (14-Mar-2020)
"I agree with the tasting notes. This wine is smooth, enjoyable and very easy to drink. Quite surprised it is as high as 14.5%"
Mrs Penelope Lowndes (24-Feb-2020)
Mr Valentin Servel (11-Feb-2020)
"Tried with steak, but it was a bit too robust. More suited to spicy dishes - and I wouldn't drink it on it's own. Having said that, with the right food pairing, I'd definitely give it another try."
Mr James Sturt (25-Jan-2020)
"full strong wine full of fruit damson and cherry . A Barbera for under a Tenner excellent. Would only drink with food as it is 14.5% but great with meat and pasta"
Mr G A Liddell (12-Jan-2020)
"As others have mentioned, harsh and bitter! A poor choice by TWS"
Mr Andrew James Cruickshank (10-Jan-2020)
"On first opening a bottle of this wine, I was very disappointed: it was closed and somewhat tannic. I left it for a day and then tried again. What a difference ! It proved to be fruity with a depth of cherry flavours and some length. I will be buying again. "
Mr Bernard Feeney (08-Dec-2019)
"Very strong tannins
Dr Peter Van Bergen (02-Dec-2019)
"opened a bottle today (2016) bought in feb (i believe). not the new delivery.
my wife did the tasting before i did to ensure no bias,
Tasted harsh stringry not a luscious full bodied Barbera.
2015 vintage was great-such a shame."
Mr Keith Gibson (24-Nov-2019)
"Both my wife and I enjoy Italian wines and having read the very good reviews I placed an order.
Our first impressions were disappointing, there was no way that you could drink this wine on its own., it tasted harsh and bitter.
It improved with food, especially goats cheese. However, other cheeses such as a strong cheddar did not pair well.
I would not order this again as we have had much better wines for the money
David P Walkden Esq (24-Nov-2019)
Mr Joseph Male (12-Nov-2019)
"A great fruity Italian red with more than a hint of tanins and great value for money. A great accompaniment for strong cheeses or hearty pasta dishes."
Mr Kevin Hewitt (26-Oct-2019)
"Really good! Fruit balanced by acidity and tannin, more complex than many wines at this price point, and completely drinkable with or without food.
Well done WS."
Dr Philip Dodd (13-Oct-2019)
"I'm by no means a wine expert and bought this on the recommendation of others. My first order from the Wine Society as a new member, And I'm not disappointed! A deep red that is easy to drink! I'm glad a bought a case of 12 :)"
Mr Conor Bradley (09-Oct-2019)
"This came in a mixed case and was a very pleasant surprise. Drank without food - smooth, bags of fruit - reminded of Australian reds. Will be ordering more."
Mr Alan Bennett (01-Sep-2019)
"I thought this was ok for the (reasonable) price but no more than that. There was some fruit, and on second day a slight nutty taste, but it wasn’t particularly smooth. TWS has other reds in this price bracket that have much more interest. "
Mr Peter Minns (29-Aug-2019)
"I didn't much enjoy this wine. Definitely needs food. Quite harsh and astringent....acid, tannin and high alcohol. There is fruit in there and some spice....but overwhelmed. Not one for drinking on its own"
Mr Ben Stringer (28-Aug-2019)
"Perhaps it's me, but I'm not too impressed with any of the "Society's" wines. It's drinkable, but compared to the supermarkets' shelves I did not think it that special.
It's smooth, red, goes down, but no different to many others, some cheaper."
Mr Anthony R Peel (30-Jun-2019)
"Nice example of a Piedmont staple.Very good with pasta dishes."
Mr Ken Randles (12-Jun-2019)
"Loved this wine!
Dark, fruity, very full bodied with great fruit taste and spice notes.
Excellent value for money too."
Mr Paul R Unwin (26-May-2019)
"One of our favourite wines!
I must say, with great memories of our honeymoon at Villa D’Este.
Thanks Wine Society!!"
Mr Richard Patten (09-May-2019)
"You will not get Barbara at this price any better than this. Full and fruity with a hint of sophistication. Very well made and hugely enjoyable. Very good for larger dinner parties or mid week pairing with pasta or pizza. "
Mr Mark Jones (07-Apr-2019)
"Not quite as good as the 2015. A lot nuttier on the palate and a lot less fruity, but still excellent at this price."
Dr Richard Tunnard (13-Mar-2019)
"Just joined the Society and am very impressed by this wine. Has everything you want in an Italian red at this level, and more. Depth of flavours and overall quality is superb."
Mr Jamie Ross (26-Feb-2019)
"I have enjoyed all the Araldica wines that I have tasted and this is no exception.
Sealed by a Diam 'cork', this wine is very dark with af purple edges. Good fruity nose and very drinkable. Indeed it is perhaps too easy to drink considering its strength! Well balanced in the mouth and I think if one had sufficient control it would keep for some years. My only slight reservation is that it could have a bit more flavour at the finish but maybe serving a bit warmer would have helped.
We enjoyed it with smoked fish and it was perfect going into the cheese."
Mr Thomas H F Kidman (21-Feb-2019)
"This is the best value red wine that I've had in years. It's well-balanced, has plenty of depth and a delicious fruitiness.
I can't recommend it highly enough. "
Mr Evan Harris (02-Feb-2019)
"An excellent wine for the price. I agree with the 'bomb-proof' tag. It cuts through rich foods that require difficult pairings."
Mr David B Ronaldson (05-Jan-2019)
"Another bomb-proof Italian. Takes tomato and chilli in its stride. Perfect balance and well worth the price tag. Not a sophisticated wine, but it isn't even trying to be. Not quite up to the Society's Primitivo, but then again this is £3 cheaper. Society's description is spot on, I can't see it improving with keeping; but I suspect 2021 for drinking up is correct."
Mr Richard Hadfield (23-Dec-2018)
"I must say I have enjoyed this a lot! Not very objective I know but, it is a really drinkable red wine. Well balanced for a wine at this price point. Great option to turn to. It will go with a mid-week Butchers prime Pork chop. It is a little one dimensional but this is not meant to be detrimental, it just highlights really good expression of Barbera D'asti at this price point."
Mr Lee Bartup (18-Nov-2018)
"Easy drinking wine. A good dark colour and depth in taste. Sometimes you get a very slight nutty background. Would definitely go back for more."
Mr Robert Alfandary (30-Oct-2018)
Liverpool Echo (4th May 2019)
"My favourite [Barbera
under £10] is [this one] which I sipped with a simple buttery mound of
spaghetti, doused with parmesan and tiny slithers of black truffle. This was
luxury on a plate, inspired by my trip to the region (where a grating of
truffle at dinner was a frequent delight).
The Barbera d'Asti was a joy alongside its culinary match, with notes of dark
fruits, cherry and a touch of forest floor rising to the occasion. - Jane Clare"
The Mail on Sunday (10th Mar 2019)
"Hints of damson and
black cherry, which is perhaps why it goes so well with the taste of cheery
tomatoes and creaminess of pizzas. - Sarah Finley"
"Very gluggable burnt fruit kind of taste which fills the mouth. Nice soft grip too.
Drunk with morrocan lamb which was a good accompaniment. Happy to drink this on It’s own also."
Mr Graham Tree (02-Nov-2018)
"plum and blackberry. wonderful taste and excellent value - recommended for everyday drinking"
Mr David Jerdan (05-Jul-2018)
"Nicely rounded, slightly citrusy with a plummy/cherry aftertaste, smooth and very moreish. ... excellent will order again."
Mr Martin Reeves (24-May-2018)
"Not to my taste. A bit sharp and lacking in fruit for me. "
Mr Ray Mount (23-May-2018)
"Drinking beautifully in my opinion. Excellent value for money! Deep black cherry fruit and pleasant rounded aftertaste of oak. Very pleased with this. Good with Italian robust pasta dishes and also drinks very well on its own"
Mrs Sarah Christie (04-Apr-2018)
"Normally a big fan of Society wines, but this was rather thin. I got none of the ripe plums or black fruit indicated in other reviews. Perhaps I should have tried with cheese. Sorry can't recommend, but my review seems to be the exception."
Mr Gordon Allan (29-Mar-2018)
"Fantastic value straight out of the bottle, lovely ripe plums and dark cherries, and a touch of spice at the end of the palate. I wouldn't expect it to develop further with age..Drink it now!"
Mr James Brown (18-Mar-2018)
"My first acquaintance with this. I opened this iinitially to drink on its own. Thought it was quite fruity with a hint of oak. OK but nothing extraordinary. Then I ate some Manchego cheese with it and it became much better. Must do it again."
Mr Ray Mount (11-Feb-2018)
"Great value. Fruity, good bouquet, great with cheese. Will be buying more at this price!"
Mr Ray Mount (02-Feb-2018)
"Goes with anything. Rump steak,med salad/olive oil, Cheese or drink on its own.Buy by the case."
Mr John Arthur (10-Jan-2018)
"I would recommend this wine. Very enjoyable on its own or with cheese. Great value at the price. Full bodied with black fruits and just a hint of oak."
Mr Tom Rodger (17-Dec-2017)
"Seeing Araldica on the carton made me hopeful. All the reds that I have had from this co-operative have been good. The first nose was enough to remind me of the rolling Piemontese hills which we drive through every so often. A hint of smoky tar like the smell of a hot road, but smooth on the nose. The taste was every bit as good as expected, smooth deep fruit but not too heavy so useful for a good range of food right through to the cheese board."
Mr Thomas H F Kidman (05-Jul-2017)
"First try of this wine; found it to be full and smooth with black fruit, very easy drinking on its own. Thought this was excellent value for money and will definitely order again. From previous reviews of other vintages, it seems to have had some mixed reviews, but this 2015 vintage drinks very well."
Mr John Turner (11-Jun-2017)
"OK, but not great. Quite drinkable, but later in the evening, after being open for a few hours, it became somewhat acidic.
Plums, certainly. Blackberry and Redcurrant. Dry, but juicy. A bit too much tannin for my taste."
Mr Peter Nelson (10-Jun-2017)
"Didn't really enjoy the case we bought. Tried pairing with different meats and dishes. Found the wine to lack much depth and had a bit of bite but not in a peppery, nice kind of way. Aerating/decanting did not yield much benefit either."
Dr Barry Giles (17-Feb-2017)
"Disappointing wine, the comments from the 4 family 'tasters' was a 2 or 3 out of 10. General comment was that it was unbalanced, too astringent and too acid. The underlying cherry fruity flavour was there but masked by the harshness of the wine even after a day letting it breath, a shame."
Mr Martin Reeves (08-Dec-2016)
".,, I opened the bottle two hours ago, had a sip and am massively underwhelmed. I could find no damsons or black cherry only an acidic back-of-the-mouth sensation with an off-vanilla pong. I don't mind but my tasting experience is so different to the other reviews that it makes me worry that my palette is in somewise faulty. Had a further quaff and on balance it's the wine and not my palette but sufficiently unpleasant to cause gustatory self-doubt. Can't understand why it is called Superiore .."
Mr Colin W Brewer (16-Oct-2016)
Mr Nick Foster (10-Oct-2016)
"Sorry but I don't agree with the previous reviews. It is probably my unsophisticated palate but I don't like acidic tannic wines as this tastes to me."
Mrs Margaret McGregor (16-Sep-2016)
"Great for the money big full bodied red wine stunning with food....we loved it!"
Mr Paul Percival (28-Aug-2016)
"Perfumed fruit nose. On the palette there's big acidity then some more bitter acidity. It finishes on an earthy note. Very rugged wine and certainly needs food, would be a good BBQ quaffer with something robust like charred lamb kofte."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (02-Jun-2016)
"For the price? this is by far and away the best wine that the Society does. Its juicy but not sweet, its got a bit of structure and rounded mouth feel, but overall its a fun easy drinking wine. Give it 30 mins in a decanter and it opens up wonderfully, but don't expect it to exhibit its charm the next day. Until 2019 give us a break buyer, mine will all be finished by the end of the mth and another order in! Forget the Society Claret and Chianti this is the clear guzzling champion, and its consistent."
Mr James Brown (19-May-2016)
"This is an absolutely delicious Barbera - silky smooth, with lots of cherry and blackberry flavour, and a very slight hint of oak, but not as pugnacious as the 14% might suggest. Outstanding value at less than £7 a bottle."
Mr Robert Lamb (28-Mar-2016)
The Daily Telegraph (25th Feb 2017)
"Wow-factor wine for
under £10: Piemonte in northern Italy is famed for its spine-shivering
nebbiolo. Here the region’s second grape, barbera, is deployed to make an
excellent everyday red that tastes of red cherries and has a silky feel, but
with a taut, savoury flick-flack on the finish. Neat and pert and very useful
indeed. - Victoria Moore"
Liverpool Echo (8th Nov 2016)
"This is spicy and
smoky on the nose and packed with flavour. First impressions on the palate are
jam and cherries and it's as smooth as a baby's you know what. Rounded and
well-balanced, it's a bargain at this price. - Jane Clare"
"I realise I'm in a minority here but I didn't enjoy this wine. I found it to be quite out of balance with an abundance of sour cherries and not a lot else going on. I was quite surprised as I've only ever had a couple of different barbera's in the past but found them so appealing that I've bought them again and again from a local merchant and thought that this would be more of the same but unfortunately not.
On the plus side it's good to see that the society strive to find something interesting and challenging even at the cheaper end of the market. Safe, predictable, boring, generic, supermarket style plonk this most definitely is not. It's just a shame that it wasn't to my taste at all."
Mr Kieran Hynes (14-Jan-2016)
"Following my review on 4th November 2015, my second bottle was like an entirely different wine. This one had a much more restrained nose, without any of the cheap boiled sweet overtones of the first one. It tasted smooth, rich and plummy, with a little peppery spiciness giving it added depth of flavour. Very enjoyable drunk on its own and also with pasta and a home-made tomato sauce."
David J Richards Esq (22-Dec-2015)
"Great value, and very representative of the wine style. It's a real party guzzler too, lovely on its own, a nice medium weight wine with a touch of dark cherries and a lovely rounded quality with just enough bite to tempt you to drink another and...."
Mr James Brown (14-Dec-2015)
"I enjoyed this though the tasting note was for me rather over the top: the wine was a bit more restrained than presented. For me the "tang" was actually bitterness. Not unpleasant when you got used to it."
Mr Tristan Ward (11-Dec-2015)
"I am not aware of having drunk Barbera before, so I don’t know what it is supposed to taste like. I bought two bottles and this is my review of the first one. I will submit another when I have tasted the second bottle. Nose – The description of damson and black cherry is spot on, but although I found it deep, rich and complex, there was a finish of even more cherries that gave it an aroma like fruit drops. Taste – It started with a soft, smooth, peppery and slightly tannic flavour that was quite complex, but again with a sweet cherry finish. We drank this with a rich lasagne made of ragu and a cheese sauce and the wine was unable to cope with it and even clashed. Perhaps I was asking too much of this wine and will save the other bottle for something less demanding, such as a pizza or pasta with a simple tomato sauce.
David J Richards Esq (04-Nov-2015)
"Excellent value, dark colour, good fruit density, not too much oak."
Mr Edgar Bettridge (03-Nov-2015)
"I liked this - typical Italian fruit, a touch of spice and great value. A great partner to some slow cooked lamb shanks."
Mr Jon Milton (01-Nov-2015)
"Despite the promotional hype somewhat disappointing. Lacks balance with rather course tannins. Perseverance proved unrewarding."
Mr Matthew Baker (28-Oct-2015)
"I'm a big fan of barbera and was waiting in anticipation for this to arrive. It doesn't disappoint, despite my high expectations. Outstanding value at the introductory price but will remain so when that special offer expires.
Gorgeous deep blackberry colour and perfect balance of fruit and tannin."
Mr Martin Wingate (24-Oct-2015)
"I am afraid that I did not like this wine. I found it astringent (I think that is the right word) and thin. It might be that the wine is still young, and this characteristic (not bitter, not sour) will calm down. When you could get over this taste, it had some dark fruit, and some length and structure I suppose, but the opening of it just spoiled it for me."
Mr Jacob Johnson (14-Oct-2015)
"An outstanding wine for the price. I just ordered another case."
Mr Clive A Counsell (11-Oct-2015)
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4.4.4. What type of cookies does The Wine Society use?
We use the following three types of cookies:
184.108.40.206. Strictly Necessary CookiesThese cookies are required for the operation of our website, enabling you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services like shopping baskets or e-billing cannot be provided. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
220.127.116.11. Functionality & Targeting/Tracking CookiesThese cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website and to provide enhanced features. This allows us to personalise our content for you. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
18.104.22.168. Performance/analytical cookiesThese cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information which identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
22.214.171.124. Authentication CookieIn order for us to ensure that your data remains secure it is necessary for us to verify that your session is authentic (i.e. it has not been compromised by a malicious user). We do this by storing an otherwise meaningless unique ID in a cookie for the duration of your visit. No personal information can be gained from this cookie.
4.4.5. How do you turn cookies off?
All modern browsers allow you to modify your cookie settings so that all cookies, or those types which are not acceptable to you, are blocked. However, please note that this may affect the successful functioning of the site, particularly if you block all cookies, including essential cookies. For example, In Internet Explorer, go to the Tools Menu, then go to Internet Options, then go to Privacy. Here you can change the rules your browser uses to accept cookies. You can find out more in the public sources mentioned below.
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