2005 Casalone Bricco Morlantino Barbera del Monferrato

Like many of you, I’m a big pizza guy. I love cooking a good pizza at home (tonight’s was a prosciutto, artichoke and red pepper concoction). What’s not always so easy is pairing wine with those pizzas.

As a rule of thumb, I’ve always stuck with relatively inexpensive, earthy and lightly fruity Italian reds when it comes to my pizzas. It’s a mix I’m pretty bloody happy with. Tonight’s wine fit the bill to a “T”.

Barbera del Monferrato is generally known in Italy as a pretty middling sparkling or still red wine. Obviously some folks are striking out to create a quality product in the region though… I found this as enjoyable as almost any Barbera I’ve had in the last while.

On the nose, you get cherry syrup, mineral and a spicy earthiness. A sip shows some dark cherry fruit, licorice and some pomegranate on the mineral-laced finish.

Tasty stuff, especially for the money. Try some… even with pizza. 🙂

$24 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

3 1/2 stars