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Francone i Patriarchi Barbera d'Alba Superiore

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Francone i Patriarchi Barbera d'Alba Superiore FOOD & WINE Wine Club Francone i Patriarchi Barbera d'Alba Superiore
Winery Francone i Patriarchi
Grape Barbera
Year 2011
Country Italy
Appellation Barbera d'Alba Superiore

$15.00 per bottle

Member Price: $13.50

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Piedmont’s best Barberas come from districts labeled “Superiore,” like this example from the prime Alba subzone.
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). Like most small Piedmont vintners, the Francone family—fourth-generation vintner Mauro and sons Fabrizio and Marco—produce small amounts of a range of traditional wines, from early-drinking Dolcetto to serious, ageworthy Barbaresco. Fabrizio, who’s in charge of the cellar, ages their Barbera in oak barrels for 14 months, which gives this cherry-rich wine its smoky notes.
Smell It
Smell It
Fragrant red-berry, herb and allspice notes.
Taste It
Taste It
Succulent red-berry and cherry flavors and a touch of cinnamon spiciness.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Pastas, pizzas, red and white meats and game, especially with herbs or mushrooms.