Roberto Ferraris, located in Agliano d'Asti, is in an excellent neighborhood. He's just around the corner from Piemontese stars like Michele Chiarlo, Prunotto, and Vietti. And thanks to that proximity, he shares a number of material benefits. There's fortunate exposure, as the majority of vineyards are set in a natural amphitheater the helps the fruit gain even ripeness in all but the worst vintages.) Plus, the alluvial soils, underlaid by clay and sand, offer excellent drainage.
But just as important is Ferraris' own meticulous vineyard work, his nine hectares of land were first farmed by his great grandfather at the end of the 19th century, and he treats them like a treasured family artifact. While these wines may have been a bit rustic in the 1990s, they've become more polished recently, while retaining enough character to make them stand out.
This 2008 shows plenty of complex berry and spice aromas on the nose, followed by an exuberant and delicious red-fruit presence on the palate. The fine, bright acids lend generous support.
Barbera has a justly earned a reputation as versatile, food-friendly wine. This rendition is no exception. Pair this wine with tomato-based sauces or roasted poultry.