Marchesi di Barolo Barbera
One of the great names in Piedmontese winemaking, Marchesi di Barolo dates back to
the 12th century, when the land-owning Falletti family of Piedmont’s Barolo district
was awarded titles of nobility. Today the estate owns about 100 acres of vineyard in
the Langhe, including some of the finest vineyards in the district. Marchesi di Barolo has been owned since 1929 by the Abbona family, who make their home in the large, yellow-fronted villa overlooking the picturesque village of Barolo. Like their Falletti predecessors the Abbonas are committed to conserving the estate’s time-honored reputation.
Dark reddish-purple, clear garnet edge. Plummy fruit and a bit of a “sappy,” “green” herbal character that’s not unpleasant. Bright red-fruit flavor wrapped up with fresh, snappy acidity. Typical of Barbera, an excellent food wine.
This lighter-style red won’t war with red meat, but it’s particularly suited to alternatives such as veal, duck or turkey. It was fine with a simple dish of turkey medallions braised with onions and garlic.