Published 26 February 2012
On Sunday 29th January 2012, we started our busy day of tasting at the Barberani winery. Only a few miles from Orvieto, overlooking Lake Corbara, their winery is in “classic” Orvieto zone – an area that has been growing vines for thousands of years.
Barberani, Castagnolo (2010)
- Grapes: Grechetto, Malvasia.
- Colour: medium yellow.
- Aroma: moderately aromatic; showing slight age; aromas of peach, strawberry and melon.
- Taste: dry, medium-bodied; fresh acidity; well-balanced; moderate flavours of grapefruit, green fruits, stone fruit; long length.
- Overall: a good wine with the fresh acidity coming through in the finish.
Barberani, Foresco (2009)
- Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
- Colour: medium/deep red.
- Aroma: moderate intensity; youthful; aromas of raspberry with a hint (not unpleasant) of swimming pools/chlorine.
- Taste: dry; medium-bodied; crisp/fresh acidity; medium/high dry tannins; slightly unbalanced (excess tannin); flavourful intensity; characteristics of sour cherry; long length.
- Overall: sample was too cold which may have muted flavours. Needs age.
- Available from The Wine Society (£9.95).
Barberani, Polvento Villa Monticelli (2006)
- Grapes: Sangiovese blend.
- Colour: medium purple/ruby.
- Aroma: moderate intensity; showing some age; aromas of raspberry and (again, not unpleasant) swimming pool/chlorine.
- Taste: dry; medium-bodied; fresh acidity; medium/high dry tannins; slightly unbalanced (excess tannin); moderate intensity ; characteristics of sour cherry; long length with a slightly bitter finish.
- Overall: sample was served too cold which could have muted flavours. Does it need more aging?
Barberani, Calcaia (2006)
- Grapes: Trebbiano blend.
- Colour: deep gold.
- Aroma: moderate intensity; showing some age; aroma of honey.
- Taste: very sweet; full-bodied; smooth acidity; good balance; flavourful intensity; characteristics of mint and honey; long length.
- Overall: lovely. Simply lovely.