100% Barbera from Piedmonte, Italy. SRP of $17 and available at that price.
Sample received courtesy Marquee Selections for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"From The House Of: Marchesi Cattaneo Adorno Giustiniani
The mighty lion has for centuries defined strength, courage, honor and loyalty. Quattro Leoni is an homage to the storied history of four great Italian families and their significant contribution to their home and lands in the hills of Piedmonte.
Each vintage we select only the best estate grown and hand picked Barbera grapes from the Braja vineyard, located just outside the southern side of Castello di Gabiano, for the final cuvée. Rich red raspberries and dark cherries are the showcase of flavors in this intense, yet refined wine; pair with red meats, red sauces, and dry cheeses.
Barbera is an Italian grape, and actually a very popular one at that. According to Wikipedia it is the third most planted grape in Italy behind Sangiovese and Montepulciano. I haven't had a chance to review many of these Italian varieties yet so I was excited to give this one a try, and it certainly did not let me down!
The 2008 Quattro Leoni Vino Rosso Barbera D'Asti has a very aromatic and nice nose of plum, black cherry, raspberry, spice, and even a little toffee. The wine's taste? Yum. This easy to drink wine has a nice texture with good fruit flavor and light tannins. The predominant fruit notes are black cherry and lots of raspberry. There are also some nice underlying notes of toffee and coffee. A succulent wine with lots of flavors that integrate really well.
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Overall Rating: 7.5
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