Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera, 2009

We love many wines from Piedmont and Barbera is definitely one of the great "food wines" of the world. With crisp acidity, low tannins and fresh berry flavors, Barbera is one of the favored varietals to accompany the delightful cusine of the region. When we traveled in Piedmont, back in 2003, we stopped at Fontanafredda on a warm autumn day. Since that time, we have been buying this Briccotondo Barbera, every new vintage, and are definitely enjoying the ritual. The color is a deep ruby red with purple tones on the rim. On the nose there are notes of red cherries and plums with some wet rocks. This is a medium bodied wine with a smooth texture and rich flavors of blackberry, cherry, cranberry, burnt almond and earth. There is zesty acidity followed by gentle tannins that add to the long and harmonious finish. We bought this Barbera at the Seattle Wine Company for about $12. This wine is a good choice for your next Italian dinner or a pepperoni pizza!