In a nutshell: An excellent example of a tangy and approachable northern Italian Barbera.
The lowdown: Light and juicy this is brimming with a ripe fruit sweetness including aromas of raspberries, plums and cherries while on the palate sour cherries and ripe raspberries mingle along with a hint of savoury spiciness. The soft, easy tannins and refreshing acidity give it a good balance all the way to the finish. This superb Piedmontese red is a spot-on example Barbera at its best.
Araldica, one of Piedmont's largest and most forward-thinking co-operatives, is situated in the Monferrato hills in the heart of Barbera d'Asti territory. Here they work with 230 grower members to source quality grapes from around 690ha of vineyards. Despite their size they have a real family run feel about them thanks largely to the husband and wife management/winemaking team of Claudio Manera and Lella Burdese. Founded in 1954 by Livio Manera, father of the current director and winemaker Claudio, Araldica has developed over the past 60 years to become a major winemaking force in Piedmont.
When to drink: An easy going, everyday classic, and a fantastic pizza wine served very slightly chilled.