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Franco Conterno Barbera d'Alba Superiore

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Winery Franco Conterno
Grape Barbera
Year 2011
Country Italy
Appellation Barbera d'Alba

$28.00 per bottle

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Franco Conterno adds a dash of Nebbiolo to his Barbera, which gives this supple, spicy red some additional structure.
What You Need To Know
Barbera makes a terrific house red. Its juicy, bright flavors pair well with everything from pizza to steak tartare, it’s refreshing to drink and it’s affordable—even the costliest examples are nowhere near as expensive as a good Barolo or Barbaresco (i.e., the other well-known reds from Piedmont). The best Barberas come from Piedmont’s districts labeled “Superiore,” like this example from the prime Alba subzone. It’s made by Franco Conterno, whose family has been farming grapes in Piedmont for centuries. He helms a small winery with his wife, Vilma, in Monforte d’Alba, a top subzone best known for muscular Barolos. The best Barberas come from prime Barolo land, which helps explain why this bottling has more depth than most Barberas.
Smell It
Smell It
Blackberry, black cherry and espresso scents.
Taste It
Taste It
Spicy blackberry and plum flavors.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Super-versatile: Tomato-based sauces, sausages, pork, steak, aged cheeses.