Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Superiore Le Orme, 2006
For the past 45 years, Michele Chiarlo has be a reliable producer of wines typical to the Piedmont area of Northern Italy. They produce Barbera, Barbaresco, Gavi, Muscato and some local blends. This vintage of the “Le Orme” Barbera D’Asti is a good representation of a well made Barbera at a very good price. The color is a deep ruby/purple with nice opacity. The nose is packed with black fruit intermixed with some floral notes and fresh raspberry. On the palate this wine offers deep mineral accented plum, cherry and cranberry with a smooth mouth-feel on a medium bodied frame. There is little evidence of tannins and there is a gentle acidity that creates a zesty, focused personality. This is a straightforward Barbera that would definitely be called a “food wine”. Enjoy this wine with any hearty Italian fare. We bought this delicious every-day Barbera at Pete’s Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for about $11.00.