There was a simple pasta dinner last night mostly made up of leftover and reheated chicken, some mushrooms and tomatoes tossed with some olive oil and cheese. The wine was very good. It was a 2004 Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti, Le Orme, one of his standard bottlings. This was part of last week's mixed case and was a close out of an older vintage to make room for a younger wine.
It was bright purple at the edges in the glass but quickly moved into a garnet color of medium depth. The nose was all about bright red fruits - tart cherries, barely ripe strawberries, and some earth. The taste was about those cherries but with a bit of raspberry mixed in. Nice tartness and just a bit a tannin rounded out the wine. For an inexpensive wine ($12) there was a very good length to the finish. Excellent value.