All over Europe, 2009 often yielded some ripe and expressive wines with intense aromatics yet good balance—we’re talking ripe, but not overheated. The 2009 Borgogno Barbera d’Alba Superiore is no exception. It shows gorgeous and intense aromas and flavors of cherry, with a dash of spice to give it character, and a long, lovely finish, with enough acidity to avoid it being overrun by the ripe red fruit character. A fun wine at a very reasonable price. Recommended.

WHO: Giacomo Borgogno e Figli
WHAT: Barbera
WHERE:  Piedmont, Italy
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $19

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Remy Charest

Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.