Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Oct 25, 2010 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2008 Le Orne DOC SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPiedmont, Italy $23-28 +872788 available at select private wine storesWe don’t drink enough red wine from Piedmont. Period. I’m talking about the Royal We. Collectively. I was reminded of this last week when a group of wine geeks got together to share trip tips and tasting tales of Northeastern Italy. Though our dearth of Piedmontese wines is shameful, it’s understandable, since many of these wines are somewhat inaccessible (especially the majestic Barolos, which benefit from years of aging), expensive, and difficult to locate here.Barbera, however, is one of the most widely planted grape varieties in Italy, and accounts for over 50% of Piedmont’s vineyards. The best examples of Barbera come from the area of Asti, rich with grape-loving limestone and clay soils. Michele Chiarlo produces two Barberas from Asti – and Le Orne is an absolute steal at this price (compared to the more expensive and well-known La Court). Bright garnet, this wine entices with a lovely sweet strawberry and bing cherry nose. Soft tannins, a polished shine of acidity, and appealing structured redcurrants, spiced wood, and floral notes make this lovely to drink right now.The wine producing firm of Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. Son of over seven generations of esteemed wine growers, Mr. Chiarlo is a highly respected Piedmontese producer, and credited with being one of the first to introduce malolactic fermentation to Italy – resulting in wines of greater stability, lower acidity and easier accessibility in their youth.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsPiedmont reds inaccessible? Not here. Bright garnet, this wine entices with a lovely sweet strawberry and bing cherry nose. Soft tannins, a polished shine of acidity, and appealing redcurrants, spiced wood, and floral notes make this lovely to drink right now.ItalyRed WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.