Barbera d'Alba, Gigi Bianco
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Barbera d'Alba, Gigi Bianco - 2013

Item # 28776 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Barbera wines are musts in every household, but not all have the substance to go the distance in the cellar. One of those beautiful wines that you can enjoy today or in ten years. From the family-run, artisanal winery Gigi Bianco, located just beneath the famous "Torre," or tower of Barbaresco.

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Staff Pick Notes

Buona sera, signiorina, buona sera… This wine just sings to me. Hailing from one of Barbaresco’s oldest wineries, this elegant, structured Barbera is delightfully easy to drink. Light-bodied and leathery in the best way, it’s a Gigi Bianco that is ready to drink today or in ten years, and is less tannic than any Barbera I’ve ever tasted. Smooth with just the right amount of acidity, this Gigi Bianco can stand on its own with its delicious strawberry, redcurrant, and cherry flavors, but is an excellent food wine as well. Bring a bottle home next time you’re having Bolognese or skirt steak, or just put on some Louis Prima, put your feet up and relax with this fantastic Italian red.

- MM

Astor's Glossary of Terms


The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive...

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Barbera is grown all over Italy, but the best examples of this red grape come from Piedmont, where it is made into all manner of wines - from easy-drinking quaffers to serious, cellar-worthy bottlings. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of stodginess, however, they are generally ruby-colored, full-bodied, and highly acidic, with remarkably low levels of tannins. The areas that are most strongly...

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