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.