Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera, 2007
We love many wines from Piedmont, Italy and Barbera is definitely a great "food" wine. When we traveled in Piedmont, back in 2003, we stopped at Fontanafredda on a warm autumn day. Back in December of 2007 we had a bottle of the 2005 Barbera and found it "nice" but nothing special. Then the 2006 release of the Briccotondo Barbera was a delicious wine that far surpasses the previous vintage. New we tried the new 2007 release. The color is a deep ruby red with purple tones on the rim. On the nose are complex berry notes of blueberries and cherries along with grapes and plums. This is a medium bodied wine with a smooth texture and rich flavors of crushed berries and earth. There is ample acidity and light tannins that add to the balanced and harmonious finish. The 2006 vintage made the "Wine Spectator Top 100" list, last year, and this vintage is every bit as good. We bought this Barbera at Pete's Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for about $13. This wine is a good choice for your next Italian dinner!