Like the Dolcetto, Giovanni Angeli has delivered a superb Barbara this year. Cropped from a 2.2 hectares of limestone rich vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba, it's a succulent, perfumed release packed with fleshy blueberry and Satsuma plum flavours and a tangy, vibrant close. Again, one of the best examples of this wine we have shipped.
Barbera can be a bit of a chameleon so let's immediately set the record straight; this wine falls into the pure-fruited, welcome-to-the-good-times category. Massolino do make a deeper and more structured offering from Barbera called Gisep, a wine that allows Angeli to explore Barbera's potential for studiousness in Serralunga. In doing so, this leaves this adolescent version to mop up thirsty palates the world over. Savoury, sweet and refreshing, it has a little more acidity and chew than the Dolcetto, but it's so approachable as a young wine, all the while with enough structure to keep you on your toes. Pure, black raspberry scented and engaging, it also illustrates the elegance that is so typical of this producer's wines. Matured in stainless steel and concrete tanks, the wine hails from a 2.2-hectares limestone-rich vineyard in Serralunga d'Alba where the vines are between 10 and 35 years of age.