By Kori ~ December 15th, 2011.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2008 Michele Chiarlo Barbera dâ€™Asti Le Orme Superiore from the Piedmont region of Italy.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Coming from a line of seven generations of grape growers, Michele Chiarlo founded his namesake winery in 1956. Today, Mr. Chiarlo is a leading figure in the Piedmont wine industry. Michele Chiarlo is definitely a family business with Mr. Chiarlo’s sons, Alberto and Stefano, now playing key roles. Alberto directs marketing and sales while Stefano manages vineyard operations and serves as co-winemaker.
â€œRuby red with purple highlights. Elegant with fine intensity, hints of wild berries and mint leaves. Dry, full-fruity and well structured.â€ â€“Michele Chiarlo
2008 Michele Chiarlo Barbera dâ€™Asti Le Orme Superiore (Barbera dâ€™Asti DOCG, Piedmont, Italy): Medium-deep ruby red in color. Nice nose with earth and red fruit aromas. Fruit-forward with ripe red fruit, especially cherry and raspberry, earth, and black licorice on the palate. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity and medium, smooth tannins. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $14.49; Available elsewhere, $12 to $14
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Barbera, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Italian Wine, Red Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25