Happy Humpday! To celebrate I've opened a bottle of 2013 Varej Piemonte Barbera, because who doesn't like a little midweek Barbera? This little number was our office wine club selection for this month, and one I picked up from Wines Till Sold Out for a really great price!
The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass, with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of leather, blackberry, zesty spice notes and a bit of olive tapenade. The taste is quite nice with some ripe fruit on the outset, blackberry and cherry, which gives way to some black pepper spice and dried herb notes midpalate. The tannins are still a bit tight, but they provide some nice backbone to the long, very dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it's a very nice everyday wine, and a particularly good value at just $10! It would be a great first course wine to enjoy with some charcuterie on the patio. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some prosciutto perline pasta from Trader Joe's with some parma rosa sauce, and a spinach salad with olive oil and balsamic. Cheers!