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Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 8.07.40 PMIt was shocking when making that last order from Naked Wines that they had a Barbera. Most Americans are not used to the Barbera grape. I would imagine most order a Chianti from the italian restaurant. If you have never had Barbera, you definitely should. It is wine that can sometimes be a little lighter but also will have a touch bit more of acid and probably is why it hasn’t caught on as much. If someone finds the right balance the result can be mind blowing.

And this brings us to the 2011 Paolo Sartirano Piedmont Doc Barbera. From what I can tell, this wine is exclusively made for Naked Wines but the winemaker does make wine elsewhere. The family has been making wine since 1871 and now have three labels they make wine under.

Like most Naked Wines there are no tasting notes. So how was it?

Color – Dark red with really great clarity.

Nose – Leather, dark berries and lots of mocha notes.

Taste – Bright cherry, cocoa, espresso, and it has only a slightly acidic.

Finish – Medium, it faded away oddly to the roof of my mouth.

Overall, the wine was very good. It wasn’t amazing or the best Barbera I have ever had. Only 72 percent of the Naked Wine community would purchase again but I would add this to your list if you are a member. Open your mind and taste Barbera and this is a very good one to start with.

Rating: B

~Justin