Giovanni Almondo

Valbianchera Barbera d'Alba

9.122 ratings
9.25 pro ratings
Alba, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Barbera
Duck, Goose, Game, Chili & Hot Spicy, Turkey, Mushrooms, Chicken, Tomato-Based, Pork, Venison, Potato, Pasta, Baking Spices, Beans & Peas, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Herbs, Veal, Salami & Prosciutto, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Chip Hughes

Black fruits, very ripe (but not overripe like many ‘17s), shows the modern approach a bit more than previous vintages. Just a hint of new barrel. About as good as hot-vintage Barbera can be.

Black fruits, very ripe (but not overripe like many ‘17s), shows the modern approach a bit more than previous vintages. Just a hint of new barrel. About as good as hot-vintage Barbera can be.

Aug 8th, 2019
Chip Hughes

Very much in the vein of the 2015: black cherry, raspberry, blackberry...but a bit fresher and more chiseled. Not a tour-de-force, but more classically Barbera. Satisfying and complete. #almondo #barberadalba

Very much in the vein of the 2015: black cherry, raspberry, blackberry...but a bit fresher and more chiseled. Not a tour-de-force, but more classically Barbera. Satisfying and complete. #almondo #barberadalba

Dec 6th, 2018
Chip Hughes

Black fruits, new oak, star anise, vanilla bean. Explosive; medicinal concentration and the kind of finish that only comes from century-old vines. Extraordinary. #almondo #barberadalba

Black fruits, new oak, star anise, vanilla bean. Explosive; medicinal concentration and the kind of finish that only comes from century-old vines. Extraordinary. #almondo #barberadalba

Feb 2nd, 2018
Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

8.9

A little too ripe and oaked, but went well with Italian-style rack of lamb

A little too ripe and oaked, but went well with Italian-style rack of lamb

Jan 8th, 2016
Galen Hasler

Dense and chiseled dark red fruit

Dense and chiseled dark red fruit

Apr 11th, 2019
Bonnie Chu

Nice mellow red fruit. $29

Nice mellow red fruit. $29

Feb 1st, 2019
Marc Blazer

Perfectly paired with peach cobbler and ricotta ice cream by the team @elevenmadisonpark #empsummerhouse

Perfectly paired with peach cobbler and ricotta ice cream by the team @elevenmadisonpark #empsummerhouse

Jul 2nd, 2017
Scout Rose

Small farmer producer in Roero, very light tannins, light bodied, grapefruit acidity, underripe blackberry, limestone

I didn't love this wine alone, but with steak and a fresh salad, it really came to life with food.

Small farmer producer in Roero, very light tannins, light bodied, grapefruit acidity, underripe blackberry, limestone

I didn't love this wine alone, but with steak and a fresh salad, it really came to life with food.

May 23rd, 2017
Daniel Watt

Lacking in flavor

Lacking in flavor

Oct 4th, 2015
Patrick Bourgeois

Spice and fruits. Réveillon excitement!

Spice and fruits. Réveillon excitement!

Dec 25th, 2014