Michele Chiarlo, Barbera d’Asti Superiore (Piedmont, Italy) 2020

($17, Kobrand Wine & Spirits):  Michele Chiarlo, an excellent Piedmont producer known for their Barolo, also makes wine from Barbera, this one and upper level one, labeled La Court, from the Nizza DOCG, which sells for about twice the price (and, I might add, is worth it).  With less spice and less acidity than typical for Barbera, Le Orme is a good introduction to the charms of that wine.  A touch of sweet fruit in the finish adds balance.  Overall, consider it a Barbera on training wheels.  Those unfamiliar with Barbera should try this one with a pasta and meat sauce or pizza.
89 Michael Apstein Oct 18, 2022