Wine of the Week: 2009 Azienda Agricola Martilde Oltrepo Pavese Barbera

With Italy on my mind after our North End experience with City Wine Tours, I went searching through my collections for a light Italian red. Luckily, among the ample supply of Argentine and German wines, I found Azienda Agricola Martilde’s 2009 Oltrepo Pavese Barbera.

A medium purple in the glass, the nose is fresh and lively with lots of ripe cherry notes, a hint of cedar, and The flavor of sour cherries dominates the palate and is rounded out by spice and a bit of chocolate on the finish. This Barbera has a medium body with velvety tannins and medium plus acidity, with a pretty long finish. While the price might make this a perfect pizza wine, I think Martilde’s Barbera would complement a range of foods, like lasagna and charcuterie.

At Wachusett Wine Trader for $12.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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