For oenophiles, the Piedmont region in northern Italy means one thing: Barolo, a truly great Italian red. Sadly, it is also often horrifyingly expensive, which is why we were delighted to discover just how good its neighbour, Barbera d’Alba, is. Renato Cigliuti’s Campass is an excellent example - it’s a DOC wine and so quality assured (those labeled simply “Barbera del Piemonte” fall below this standard).
Drinking the 2006 now is perhaps not doing it total justice - there’s certainly years of cellaring in it - but it is already a luscious mouthful. There are unusual aromas of violets (sometimes noted in malbecs) and red fruit, plus it’s packed with big juicy cherry flavours and the rich bitter-sweetness of dark chocolate. We think it would be the perfect match with “peasant” food - that's sausage casseroles, beef stews, etc, rather than a prawn ring from Iceland.
£21.50 at Berry Bros & Rudd