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Barbera d’Alba Ceretto 2015

£23.00

Is it a grape, is it a wine, is it a place?  Well it’s sort of all three: the grape is Barbera, the DOC is Barbera d’Alba and the place is the Langhe and the Roero Hills,  the former containing the specific DOCGs of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Barbera could be seen to be something of a poor relation – by far the most widely grown grape in Piedmont (the Barbera d’Asti DOCG is even bigger), but overshadowed by the more famous (and expensive) Nebbiolo grape that goes into Barolo and Barbaresco.  Given the prices that these renowned wines can achieve, it’s surprising that Barbera gets a look in.  But luckily some enlightened winemakers recognise that in certain terroirs, the Barbera grape produces stunning wine.

Ceretto, a family owned winery, plant their Barbera on the lower slopes of the Roero Hills, just north of Alba.  There’s little oak involved in the winemaking, but that doesn’t stop the Barbera grape making great food wine.  Approachable at a much younger age than Nebbiolo, but with a lighter tannic structure, good acidity and appealing red and black fruits, I think Barbera is one of the great discoveries of the tours I have run to Piedmont.  It’s incredibly versatile – it can complement simple pasta dishes, classy steaks and even fish.  Pecorino di Fossa, my favourite cave aged cheese is perfect.

Additional information

Colour/Style

Red

Country/Region

Italy – North

Region

Piedmont

Vintage

2015

Dry/Sweet

Dry

Alcohol level

12-13.5%

Winemaking

Conventional

Bottle Size

75cl

Food matching suggestions

Hearty casseroles, Lighter stews, Pizza and Pasta, Roasts – meat or veg/pulse bakes, Steak/Rare roasts (or veggie roasts), Tomato based bakes eg melanzane

Cheese Matching Suggestions

Low moisture hard cheeses eg Parmigiano, Pecorino, Manchego

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