Ninety Plus Cellars Barbera d’Alba Lot 27 Review

Great value at $19. I enjoyed the rich aromatics, tart cherry, fine tannins, and a nice long finish, but it really needs food because it’s so bright.

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

Barbera d’Alba Lot 27
Barbera d’Alba Lot 27: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: 2022 Barbera d’Alba Lot 27
Blend: 100% Barbera
Region: Barbera d’Alba, Langhe, Piemonte, Italy
Retail price: $18.99
I consumed it: April 2024
My source: 90+ Cellars Wine Club

The Back Label

Barbera d’Alba Lot 27Back Label

Where to Buy It

Buy it at: Ninety Plus Cellars

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From this wine club: 90+ Cellars Wine Club

From this winery: Ninety Plus Cellars

Region: Europe, Italy

Wine color/style: Red wine

Grape variety or blend: Barbera

Tasting notes: Dark red fruit, Cassis, Tobacco

Other characteristics: Bright, Food friendly

Barbera d’Alba Lot 27: What I think

Barbera is the red grape used in wines designated Barbera d’Alba, a DOC of Piemonte in Italy. It is known for producing tangy, cherry-like wine. And this one was no exception!

Overall, I liked this wine a lot and it really complemented the spicy turkey chili we ate with it. I liked it less without the food, which isn’t terribly surprising for a wine this tart. For $19, I don’t think I’d hesitate to recommend it to anyone, as I almost never like red wine under $25.

My tasting notes: On the nose, I found clove, dark red fruit, and something herbal which I called thyme (someone with more experience with this region might have picked a different herb). The wine tasted overwhelmingly of tart cherry, with notes of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, and tobacco leaf. It was medium-bodied and so bright I’d say medium-plus acidity. Tannins were fine and the wine had a nice long finish.

90+ Cellars is a wine negociant. They source wine in all stages of production — from grapes in the vineyard to finished wines — and bottle them under their own label. Many other companies use the negociant model, which was invented in France, and for value-seeking wine lovers who want more than Barefoot or Apothic, 90+ Cellars is a must-see winery.

Last updated: May 2, 2024

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