The Rosa dell'Olmo Barbera d'Asti is available exclusively at Trader Joe's for $5.99, up $.50 since the last time we reviewed it (the 2011 vintage). Imported by Latitude Wines.
From the bottle:
An everyday and easy to drink red wine. Deep ruby red in color, with pleasant and distinctive red fruit notes, it is dry and rich and has a remarkable silky texture.
We've had good luck with inexpensive Italian wines at Trader Joe's. First there was a Barolo, then an Amarone that caused quite a stir among Italian journalists when they saw our review and that the wine was selling for less than $20. This even included them questioning the wine's authenticity (it proved to be legit). Barbaresco has also been a winner for us, on more than one occasion. And today we come back to a very inexpensive Barbera, the variety that many consider to be the quintessential pizza wine, that we first reviewed a couple years ago. Let's see how it's holding up three vintages later.
The 2014 Rosa dell'Olmo Barbera d'Asti begins with a very nice, inviting aroma of black cherry, spice, leather and a bit of an earthy note. Tasting reveals lots of juicy black cherry, plum, maraschino cherry and strawberry wrapped up in a smooth and easy to drink texture. There's also good acidity and lots of well integrated spice in this light to medium-bodied wine. It ends with a hint of earthiness and surprising length for a wine this inexpensive. Much like the Barbaresco we just featured a few days ago it might not be the prototypical example of the variety or super complex, but it's a darn good wine for the price and it makes a fabulous pizza wine.
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