Editor’s Pick: Six Great Barberas
Barbera is less well-known than Piedmont’s other red grape, Nebbiolo, yet it deserves to be more famous: It makes distinctive, food-friendly wines—deep ruby red in color, with firm acidity, bright berry-flavored fruit and low tannins. Here, six great bottles. —Ray Isle
1. 2005 Fontanafredda Briccotondo Piemonte Barbera ($11) Peppery berry flavors and a tea-leaf note define this light, vibrant Barbera.
2. 2004 Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d’ Asti ($13) Easy to drink, with cherry flavor, this wine comes from one of Piedmont’s best-known estates.