Barbera is a fascinating grape variety that can produce wines of great variety; depending on the winemaking techniques used and length of oak aging, it can produce wines that are rich and powerful or soft and easy-drinking. Flavors of plum and cherry are typical as is high acidity. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Barbera among our extensive Barbera wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Barbera reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Barbera, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
A splendid wine that is both dense and complex. Very pleasing and well-integrated black-cherry, herb and toast aromas open to a mouthful of concentrated fruit, pepper, coffee, cake and more. Top-notch.
Spicy, with a big red-fruit expression, this is a yummy Barbera that’s full of bright cherry juice. It’s textured, layered and complex with a leathery finish. This wine is one to store for future enjoyment or to break open now with pasta now.
The soft but flavorful entry into a land of dark fruits, smoke and espresso barely hints at the wine to come. Give it time to breathe and it opens into a wonderfully complex, smooth and creamy wine with no rough edges. Pretty red fruit, seductive and lingering, is matched to hints of chocolate from 30 months in neutral barrels.
Here’s a super-modern and thoroughly lovable style of Barbera with intense and complex notes of milk chocolate, big black berry spice and espresso coffee. This wine stands tall among a new school of Barbera producers who have opted for a soft and extracted interpretation of this otherwise thorny and acidic grape.
Bricco dell’Uccellone is an historic wine that shaped the modern history of Barbera d’Asti and Piedmont in general. Aged 15 months in oak casks, the wine is bountiful and harmonious with aromas of cherry, blackberry and spice. There’s a bright splash of crisp fruit on the close.
Here’s a standout Barbera from Monferrato with loads of intensity, complexity and persistency. You’ll get aromas of blackberry and cherry followed by exotic spice, vanilla and pipe tobacco. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft and thick. Excellent.
Serious and multifaceted, with peppery black fruit aromas wrapped up in a frame of toasty new oak. Abundant but plush tannins support intense blackberry and roasted nut flavors in the mouth, winding up with a hit of mocha on the long, highly nuanced finish. Not your grandmother’s Barbera.
Vittoria is one of the best Barbera d’Alba wines you will ever taste. Chocolate fudge, powdered mocha, blackberry and exotic spice waft gently off the nose of the luscious but delicate Barbera d’Alba. The wine is dense and round (it’s aged in oak, 50% of which is new barrique).