One of the bottles I brought along to my sister’s house as part of the Christmas dinner cache was the Damilano Barbera d’Asti 2009. I had purchased this a few weeks back after being impressed with its smooth, dry earthiness at a tasting in my favourite wine shop. The winery was founded in 1890, making Damilano one of the oldest Barolo brands and it specializes in classic Langhe reds such as Dolcetta d’Alba and Barbera d’Asti. This particular wine is the second release from a recently acquired vineyard by this fantastic small, family-run winery.
After decanting for about 20 minutes, forest smells of wet leaves and rocks slid about in the gorgeous purpley-red colour in the glass. The medium to full body was jam-packed with baked blueberry pie and tart cherry flavours. Although fruity, the bright acidity established a pleasant dryness in each sip. The long finish lingered with silky notes of white pepper and licorice. Its friendly character prefers to be when enjoyed alongside a hearty dish; my sister’s roasted carrots, parsnips and potatoes with thyme illuminated the woodsy earthiness enclosed in each glass.
Bottled by Damilano Azienda Agricola S.R.L. in Barolo
Enjoy now thru 2015