Iuli 'Barabba' Barbera del Monferrato Superiore 2019
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Direct Press Selection | October 2022
Barbera from Monferrato has long been in the shadow of those from blue-chip estates who also make Barolo and Barbaresco. That's partially why this Barbera, from Iuli's oldest, highest elevation vineyard (that has since been ripped out), was called 'Barabba.' As Fabrizio Iuli explains, "We liked the idea because just as Barabas in the bible was given a second chance, we felt that the Monferrato region also deserved a second chance in the face of other, better known regions."
This Barbera really captures the Iuli spirit in its ability to express not only power but the fresh, mineral edge that comes from their white, chalky soils. Bing cherry, black tea, and cumin notes work in tandem with fine-tuned tannins and snappy acidity. It's a generous but layered, nuanced wine that will improve with time in the glass or time in the bottle. It really shines with hearty food, cutting through carbs, tomatoes, and fat. The forests that surround the vines are filled with not only white truffles but wild boar who feast on Barbera grapes. Some of the boars end up in Iuli's famous 'Barbera Pig' stew and get washed down with a healthy slug of delicious 'Barabba.' Jonathan Kemp