2008 Terre da Vino "La Luna e I Falò" Barbera d'Asti Superiore

SKU #1074822 Wine Enthusiast

 A ripe and rich Barbera d’Asti Superiore with pleasantly inviting aromas of ripe blackberry, Maraschino cherry and exotic spice. All those aromatic layers are washed clean over the palate thanks to the wine’s fresh acidity that kicks in on the finish.  (12/ 2010)

K&L Notes

2 Glasses Gambero Rosso for the 13th consecutive year.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/30/2012  | Send Email
This is a great everyday wine for fans of Italian wines as well as California wine fans. Ripe plum and black fruit on the nose and palate along with a background of asian spice. The acidity keeps it fresh and perfect for dinner as well as cocktails.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/6/2011  | Send Email
Here's an all-purpose Italian red to have on hand: ripe black fruit with baking spice accents suggest a mix of traditional and modern winemaking style. This is confirmed on the palate, where baked fruit notes (think fresh pie filling, not over-cooked) mingle with earthy, mineral aromas and flavors. There is barrel influence but it is very well integrated for a nicely balanced, unfussy wine that you can enjoy with a variety of dishes tonight.

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/1/2011  | Send Email
This is just off the ship, The K & L Italian team found this wine last February and have been awaiting its arrival ever since. Ripe black cherries, plum, red raspberries, cassis and a little spiciness, mingle on this well-integrated and full-bodied wine. A wonderful cocktailing wine or this will work great for all your Bar-B-Q parties.

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Varietal:

Barbera

- Thanks goodness for Italy's wine revolution! If not for the intrepid producers who reduced yields and focused their energy on improving quality in Italian wine production, we may have never known how delicious Barbera could be. Native to Italy, Piedmont's Monferrato is most often cited as its birthplace (though others argue that Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardy is its rightful home) with records of vineyard plantings dating back as far as 1246. Best known and most planted in its dark-skinned iteration (there is a white version of the grape called Barbera Bianca), the world's top Barberas come from Piedmont's Alba, Asti and Monferrato DOCs and styles can vary significantly depending on climate and soil. But you can always count on Barbera for its distinct ruby red color, vibrant acidity and mild tannins. Juicy red fruit and hints of smokiness are also common characteristics. Grown elsewhere in Italy, Barbera is used in varietal wines and as a blending grape to varying degrees of success. Outside of Italy it has also been planted extensively in North and South America, but most successfully in California, where it was planted by Italian immigrants and long, warm growing seasons give this late-harvest varietal the chance to develop complex flavors to compete with its racy acidity.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.