Barbera Red 2013MADE BY IDLEWILD WINERY IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA
The soft, low-tannin red grape variety known as Barbera is somewhat of a rising star in the states – and for good reason! It's the third most common grape planted in Italy and was typically the first choice for table wines in the famous Piedmont region. It was neglected by winemakers for years, but in the last few decades many have begun to take it more seriously, resulting in some delicious, approachable red wines. So if you're a fan of pasta and simple Mediterranean flavors, this is the bottle for you.
Winemaker Sam Bilbro crushes and ferments whole Barbera grape clusters, which adds a spicy note to the wine and accentuates the very minimal tannin. It's a surprisingly savory Barbera, with flavors of black cherry, plum, balsamic, rosemary and thyme.
Just 200 cases were produced, so we're warning you – get a bottle while we have it!
tip of the tongue
A great choice for pasta night or anything made with simple, fresh ingredients and, of course, lots of olive oil.