WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - High,
Tannin - Low / Medium,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Red cherry, Red plum, Pepper

Prominent in Italy, medium to full-bodied with flavors of red fruit and spices

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

  • Red cherries, plums, black pepper
  • youthful, fruit, no oak


Oak - toast, vanilla, sweet spices


Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler regions, Barbera maintains its vibrant acidity and leans toward a more elegant style with pronounced red fruit and lively freshness.

Warm/Hot Climate: In warmer areas, the grape can yield riper, fuller-bodied wines with deeper, darker fruit characteristics while retaining its acidity.

Appelations / Producers of Note

  1. Barbera d’Alba DOC
  2. Barbera d’Asti DOCG (better)


Barbera is delightful in its youth, showcasing its vibrant fruit and acidity.

Aging Potential: Barbera wines from prestigious vineyard sites and skillful producers can age gracefully, developing greater complexity over time.

First Published: Saturday, Sep 2, 2023 Last updated: Sep 17, 2023

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Damien Saunders
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