2014 Barbera d'Asti Superiore "Abletti" (Elia, Poderi)
Poderi Elia, Barbera d'Asti Superiore "Abletti", Piemonte, Italy 2014100% Barbera RICH, JUICY BLACK FRUIT, TOASTY COCOA AND SPICE Fruit from 90 year-old vines is interesting on its own, but Barbera this intense is cause for a double take. In this case, 18 months in French oak adds to the grape's innate depth, matching a soft, modern texture with typical Italian spice and acidity. This wine is a clash of styles that somehow makes for more than the sum of its parts. Drinking it is like watching two headstrong opponents vigorously agree with each other. Serving Suggestion: Pork and lamb meatballs in a rich tomato gravy. Earthy mushroom soup with canellini beans and shaved pecorino.
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