Barbera d’Asti DOCG: The Rare Red Wine of Piedmont
The Barbera d’Asti DOCG and Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG define the wines of this region, and are intense, vigorous and persistent without being heavy. The Barbera d’Asti is usually fermented in steel barrels, creating a round and silky wine. It starts with pleasant acidity followed by a dry, intense bouquet of red fruits like cherry, blackberry, raspberry, plum, and delicate floral notes. It is one of the few red wines that pairs beautifully with fish, especially the codfish and anchovy dishes popular in the region.
The Barbera d’Asti Superiore is aged in oak or chestnut barrels for a minimum of six months, creating a lush and complex wine that opens with a mélange of dried fruit before realizing its rich and spicy vanilla, coffee and cocoa notes. This wine can be aged anywhere from 10 to 20 years and is best paired with game and red meat, as well as stuffed pasta.