Barbera

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.

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Cascina Chicco 1997 Bric Loira Barbera (Barbera d'Alba)

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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.

 — W.E.  (4/1/2000)
92
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Borjón 2012 Complejo Barbera (Amador County)

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  1. $100

The Sierra Foothills region is making outstanding Barbera, and this is one of the best. Focused and concentrated fruit flavors like tangy black cherry and ripe boysenberry light up this medium-bodied red as it glides from a fresh first impression to a luxurious mouthfeel to a lingering finish. There is something classic and classy about its balance and elegance.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
92
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Eccolo 2012 Vinification Naturale Barbera (Wahluke Slope)

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  1. $30

Although this wine hails from the same vineyard (StoneTree) as the winery’s other Barbera from this vintage, this one was fermented with native yeast. Notes of dried cranberry and raspberry come along with mint accents. Flavors show great depth and intensity, with a dazzling backbone of acidity.

 — S.S.  (5/1/2015)
92
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Helwig 2012 Barbera (Shenandoah Valley (CA))

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  1. $24

This offers toasty, smoky aromas, bright fruit flavors, extra-firm tannins and full body. While it’s attractive to drink now with all the lip-smacking raspberry flavors, it should gain some more complexity by 2017.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
92
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La Folia Winery 2011 Barbera (Sierra Foothills)

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A 100% Barbera that invites with gorgeous aromas of cinnamon and baked cherry, this is a lovely wine from start to finish, with a silky texture and balanced acidity. Seamless, it’s juicy on the finish, the perfect invitation to enjoy more. Have with spaghetti carbonara or a seriously gourmet pizza.

 — V.B.  (5/1/2014)
92
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Easton 2010 Cooper Ranch Barbera (Shenandoah Valley (CA))

  1. $25

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.

 — V.B.  (7/1/2013)
92
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Tranche 2007 Barbera (Columbia Valley (WA))

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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.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2012)
92
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Braida di Giacomo Bologna 2007 Bricco della Bigotta Barbera (Barbera d'Asti)

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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.

 — M.L.  (9/1/2010)
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