Sant’ Emiliano Barbera D’Asti
Great tasting right out of the bottle.
Very well balanced.
Good on its own or with food.
May be difficult to find.
A little pricier than most Barbera D'Asti's, but it's worth it.
About: Sant’ Emiliano
The Sant’ Emiliano Barbera D’Asti is produced by the Marchesi Incisa della Rochetta family of wineries out of the Piemonte region of Northern Italy. The family has been making wine in this region of Italy since the time of the Benedictine monks. The grapes used for production were grown in predominately sandy soils of a South Easternly facing hill-top area. The grapes were hand selected, and the wine was aged for a minimum of 18 month in French oak. Sant’ Emiliano was given Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status as of 2007, just one year prior to the vintage reviewed here.
Sant’ Emiliano Review
Color: Dark ruby red almost bleeding into purple.
Nose: The nose is full of cellar dust, dried meats, dark cherries, and flowers (think violets).
Palate: The palate on the Sant’ Emiliano is incredibly well balanced with notes of tart cherries, licorice, and just a hint of spice (more black pepper than cooking). It was ready right out of the bottle and works by itself or with food. I paired it with baked chicken and roasted rosemary potatoes, and it worked very well.
Bottom Line: Don’t be afraid to share this one with company or bring to a party either, it will be a hit with just about any wine drinker.