by Sandra Crittenden

by Sandra Crittenden

Monday, March 14, 2011

2008 Michele Chiarlo "Le Orme" Barbera D'Asti Superiore

     Barbera D'Asti Superiore is a red wine made from the Barbera grape in the Piemonte region of Italy. It just recieved DOCG status in 2008. To be called "Superiore", it must be at least 12.5% abv and aged for 1.5 years in oak or chestnut barrels.
     The 2008 Michele Chiarlo "Le Orme" Barbera D'Asti Superiore was a medium, ruby red in the glass with medium intense aromas of ripe, mixed berries. Dry on the palate, with high acidity, medium- tannins, medium alcohol (13% abv) and a medium- body balanced with juicy berry/cherry flavors with a medium length finish. An easy drinking simple wine, I served it with Italian sausage/smoked provolone sandwiches but it would also be excellent to have on hand for pizza delivery nights.
     A good+ wine and a great value at $12 a bottle.

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