Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The La Luna e I Falò Barbera D’Asti DOC Superiore 2006, Piedmont Italy

Barbera is not a wine that has neither the consumer’s imagination nor their palate. This wine will go a long way in capturing both I reckon. The La Luna e I Falò Barbera D’Asti DOC Superiore 2006 ,which simply translates to the bonfire under the moon ; yet another mouthful I’m blogging about.

I came across this at Mediterranean Wholesalers on Sydney Road Brunswick a month or so ago and was blown away by its depth, and at only $23, have been blown away by it three times since!

The growing season in the north west of Italy in 2006 was near perfect, with a lot of producers having major expectations on their wines and their cellaring prospects. Outstanding fruit quality was achieved with grapes coming in with optimum ripeness with ideal sugar levels.

The La Luna displays a very deep garnet colour with a pinkish/red hue. The nose has great woven layers of oak (Slovenian oak used for this wine), dark red fruits and a good hit of brambly cherry. In the mouth there is a quick hit of acid that buries much of the primary fruit, so decanting will surely help this one. After a while there is an herbal and floral feel about it, with violets and bay leaf coming through. After three hours morello cherry was the primary flavour, and a flavour that was in gorgeous balance with fine grainy tannins.

Super balance, huge length and great complexity; a really good wine this one.

Drink with Coq au vin pie
Drink till 2015
Quality cork $23 14% a/v


  1. Visited Cobaw Ridge and tried the Lagrein on Sunday past Tim - thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Only Barbera I've ever tried was the 2005 from Port Phillip Estate. Looks like I might have to have a wander up to Sydney Road to find some of the real deal (not that I didn't enjoy Port Phillip Estate's version) I could also do with a visit to the deli, and get some pasta, and... its going to be a good weekend :)

  3. make sure you get a short mac also, and some anchovies and some Imported Stella and some....