Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Superiore Le Orme 2013
Michele Chiarlo sources grapes from strictly selected Barbera vineyards with excellent exposure to produce a superb, balanced wine. The choice vineyards are in the southern area of Asti province, especially the hills around Nizza Monferrato. Temperature controlled maceration and fermentation on the skins yields the dark, rich color that is typical of great Barberas. The wine is aged in large French oak casks before release.
Wine EnthusiastViolet, dark-skinned berry and sweet baking spice aromas take center stage on this vibrant, easy-drinking red. The supple, savory palate doles out black cherry, raspberry, orange peel, cinnamon and star anise framed in zesty acidity.
Wine SpectatorBlackberry jam, violet and leather aromas and flavors highlight this smooth red, which is tight on the finish, with light wood tannins. Drink now through 2018.