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castelvero barberaThe so-called “wine of the people”, Italian Barbera is Nebbiolo’s oft-ignored friend, occupying the lesser sites of Piemonte and producing high yields to wash down salumni or gnocchi. Its high acidity makes it a great everyday food wine.

Castelvero’s version has pronounced blackberry with hints of lavender and the barest suggestion of nutmeg on the nose. The palate is juicy with mouthwatering acidity and soft, meager tannins, a classic expression. Some Barbera sees a lot of oak but this one shows very little oak character. With gobs of fruit and the acidity under control so it isn’t too tart, this is a great choice if you’re tired of Chianti yet still want Italian simplicity.

Wine of the people to accompany music of the people, Bocelli’s Con Te Partirò

Score: 86

Price: $10

Alc: 12.5%

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