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.
Extracted, with deep black-cherry fruit and toasty oak beautifully integrated on the nose and on the palate. Very suave mouthfeel—full and velvety. Almost perfect balance, with a long ripe finish. Pricey, but you get your money’s worth.
Barbera has an uneven record, but the best can be quite impressive, and this is a fine example. From the opening notes to the long finish, it offers loads of cherry, spice and vanilla. Well-balanced, with medium body, soft tannins and good acid, this handsomely crafted wine should provide great drinking over the next two to six years.
Expensive, but worth it for the exciting coffee, smoky new oak, cigar box, black cherry and tar aromas and flavors that are very complex. Drinks smooth and clean, rich in tannins, really top rate. One of the best Barberas of recent memory.
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).
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.
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.
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.