What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams. Nikos Kazantzakis - Zorba the GreekThe image is a glass of 2013 Barbera d'Alba from Gianfranco Alessandria. Bright hues of red and purple in the glass and a gushing aroma of fresh red cherries and dry earth made me think of summer in the dead of winter. Lots of acid to keep things tart and refreshing and there was a good amount of tannin to give the wine some structure.
On day two the edges had mellowed but that wonderful fruit and crispness was still there.
On day three there was just a bit left in the bottle and the wine was still singing to me.
To be sure there was still a few rough edges on my palate, but not as many as there would have been a couple of weeks ago. There is another bottle awaiting complete recovery.
2013 Gianfranco Alessandrria Barbera d'Alba. 13.5% alcool and $14.