2011 Michele Chiarlo "Le Orme" Barbera d'Asti Superiore
Their basic Barbera d'Asti. They created an artistic park in their vineyard. Open to the public every summer with events organised with Slow Food from 2003 onwards. The wine is called after it. 2011 very good for Barbera -- long, dry, warm summer. White sandy astiano soil gives elegance. Lots of work in the vineyard is undertaken to reduce yield, and they like more vegetation to encourage phtosynthesis. Six months ageing in large oak. Black cherry aromas. Very smooth and without any obvious oak. Dry finish. Ripe soft tannins -- often sold by the glass in North America. Drink 2013-2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Barbera d’Asti Superiore Le Orme displays a more pungent and slightly spicier aromatic quality. This would be a terrific wine to drink with gnocchi and melted gorgonzola cheese because the fresh acidity can slice straight through the fattiness of the dish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015. (ML)
Rich, this displays black cherry, raspberry and tobacco flavors, with firm tannins underneath. Powerful and heady, with moderate length. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2013)
The Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti "Le Orme" is the first and only Italian wine to have ever received the "Best Value" designation from all the top wine magazines in the world: Decanter, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, the Wine Spectator and Gambero Rosso! Its price tag may lead you to underestimate its body, complexity and richness, but it delivers on all accounts. A great wine for entering into the world or Italian reds, all the way to those longtime fans of classic Barbera style.