2011 Marchesi di Barolo "Maràia" Barbera del Monferrato
*Top 100 Wines of 2012 and a Best Value* A dark, succulent red, exuding black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Pure and focused, with a long aftertaste of sweet fruit, flowers and spice. Drink now through 2016.
The Monferrato DOC is comprised of a series of hills east of Turin in Piemonte. Barbera del Monferrato is the signature red wine of the region, and is made in a style that is fresh, inexpensive, and meant to be drunk at a young age. However, here we have an uncommonly rich and compelling bottling. Red and black fruits are complmented by floral tones, earth, and mushroom. This wine is a "can't miss" for just about any pasta with red sauce, but it is complex enough to show much further versatility at the dinner table at an everyday price.