Here is an easy value wine to pair with cold cuts or pasta with meat sauce. The 2017 Barbera d’Alba is a thick and darkly saturated expression that has the acidity and the inner power to cut through the fats in those foods. Pio Cesare does a great job across its line of wines, but it shows a particularly deft hand with their lower-end wines like this food-friendly Barbera d’Alba.
Drinking window: 2018 – 2023
The 2016 Barbera d’Alba is pliant, supple and absolutely delicious. Sweet red cherry/plum fruit is nicely pushed forward in this racy, perfumed Barbera. In 2016, the Barbera is a bit less exuberant than it has been in previous years, but
it is nevertheless quite tasty.