Climate – optimal for Barbera 2019?
2019 started with a drought from January to late March, followed by heavy rain in April and May. The weather was quite unstable which led to uneven development of the vines. In addition to this there were two critical events in 2019: a hailstorm and rain forecast during harvest. The hailstorm that occurred on September 5th was quite localized and only affected certain areas. The rain however, affected everyone. Rain during harvest is not good, and so when the forecast predicted rain on October 15th, many growers harvested earlier than they would have liked. Weather is a fickle thing…
Many describe Barbera 2019 as a “traditional and classic” vintage. I, along with other winemakers I’ve spoken to, would agree. Alberto Viberti thinks 2019 is an elegant vintage for Barbera.
Tasting Notes Barbera 2019
Tasting notes below are in alphabetical order.
Alberto Viberti Barbera
Elegant and balanced Barbera. Good acidity and long finish. The wine has spent 6 months in oak but the only trace of oak is in the structure. Aromas of red fruits and berries.
Burlotto Barbera d’Alba
A powerful wine with an explosive nose. I almost get a hint of mint, along with dark red berries and some spices. Good acidity and long finish.
Fratelli Revello Barbera d’Alba
Dark red fruit and floral aromas. Explosive in the mouth. Fruity with good acidity.
Ghiomo Barbera Lavai
Giuseppino uses barrique for his Barbera because he thinks the two work well together. The only way you would know this wine had been in oak barrels is because of the excellent structure. No oak aromas. Only fresh fruits and berries.
Mauro Veglio Barbera d’Alba
A beautiful wine with aromas of red fruit. Juicy, with good acidity.
Nadia Curto Barbera d’Alba
Fresh and fruity with slightly warm aromas. Darker fruit and berries. Good acidity. 14.5% alcohol but you don’t feel it.