Marchesi Alfieri, Barbara d’Asti Superiore DOCG (Piedmont, Italy) “Alfiera” 2020

($32):  Wines made from Barbera are all over the map regarding character and quality.  Alfieri’s complex Barbera d’Asti shows the potential of that grape and DOCG.  A dark minerality and a “not just fruit” character is a marvelous counterpoint to the lush and juicy black fruit flavors.  Great acidity — the grape speaking — imparts liveliness that amplifies the wine’s charms.  This vivacious beauty is a good choice for hearty beef coming off the grill.
92 Michael Apstein Jun 27, 2023