Barbera 2010: Day 1
This post was going to be a negative one about the influence of wood on all these barberas i’m tasting here, but i decided to start this thing off on a positive note.
Tasting through some 120 wines in a single day is rough, especially after 2 hours of sleep and a missed connection in Heathrow. At some point you begin to lose your palate. Wines begin to blend together. Texture takes over, nuance is lost. Still, i managed to find a couple of wines that i enjoyed.
So in the context of the blind tasting, it was hard to find wines that i really enjoyed. After about 30 it became impossible to taste them in the same way that i tasted the the wines before 30. So all these wines were wines i was able to taste later in a much more relaxed context.
2007 Oddero Barbera d’Asti: In my notes i have this listed as “a mystery” which generally means i dug something, but it was placed wrong in the tasting, or was just too hard to read with my mouth covered in wood tannins. Later on, at a more casual tasting, i was the only blogger with enough sense to use the stairs properly to track this producer down. Light, clean, old fashioned. Just what i needed.
Il Falchetto 2007 Barbera d’Asti “Lurei”: This didn’t show well in the tasting, but that may be because i was 57 wines deep by that time. Aged in older large format wood casks, this was the highlight of the whole day when retasted. This is the barbera i was hoping all the barberas would be.
i also discovered that when in a sea of barbera, all you really want is a moscato.
Next Up: The pernicious influence of wood, the most confusing discussion with a winemaker ever, and the concept of blind tasting 400 screamingly high acid wines at 9 in the morning.
Disclosure: all wine, food, lodging, and all transportation paid for by various interested parties. See http://barbera2010.com/ for details on the people and entities involved. My tasting notes have not been influenced in any way, nor has my work on this blog and/or site, but the content of any work appearing only on that blog may (or may not) have been edited for content. I stole this disclosure from Thor Iverson who seems not to care.