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Dacapo Sanbastian, Barbera d Asti 2011 [0 858162 004288]


Recommendation: VERY GOOD Barbera at a very reasonable price.

Winery/Producer: Dacapo, Italy.

Grape Variety: Barbera.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Barbera d’Asti; Piedmont, Italy (Sanbastian Vineyard).

Vintage: 2011

Price: $15.30 (with a 10% discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Paired With: Chicken cacciatore with home made sauce and Caesar type salad.

Tasting:

    He said: Decanted 4-hours before drinking. Clear, dark garnet color; lots of sediment. Fairly strong raspberry and blackberry aromas. Fresh and zesty, VERY dry, plenty of acidity, dusty dark fruit taste; and an extraordinary, full-body and flavorful long finish. This was an outstanding wine for this Italian red sauce dinner. Although it may not be a “Memorable” Barbera it is VERY good and was one of the two we liked best at the Caviste Barbera tasting. At this price point I would recommend it as a VERY GOOD Barbera at a very reasonable price. We really enjoyed it.

    She said: This was one of our two favorite wines at the Barbera tastings at the Caviste Wine Shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, so we are caught comparing five very good wines. Ray decanted this several hours ahead so it was smooth, with no harshness. The aroma was medium strong but not distinguished and led into a so-so taste. But the body filled the mouth and left with a flourish of very pleasing tannins in the long finish. The wine was excellent with the dinner, especially since the home-made sauce was a bit acidic. I totally loved the dryness and finish

    Comments: See also our reviews of the 2010 Dacapo Sanbastian, Berbera d’Asti, First tasting and Second tasting; and our comments on the Barbera wine tasting.

Alcohol: 13.5%