- Cantine Valpane Barbera del Monferrato Perlydia 2012$18.98Availability:In StockWhat’s special about Cantina Valpane's Barbera? Well, we have presented wines from Valpane before and they are delicious examples of the breed. But what makes this house unique is that this 2012 is the current release! What kind of vintner holds on to his Barbera this long before going to market, sometimes for more than a decade? One who follows his own heart. Clearly Pietro Arditi, the ‘Barbera whisperer’, listens to the wine and not the ‘metrics’ of 21st Century marketing. Now This didn’t happen completely by accident, mind you. The land gave him some juicy, vibrant fruit to work with, then he decided to keep the wine in botti (large neutral barrels) or cement until he deems it ready. What does six-year-old Barbara taste like? This particular effort is loaded with red berry fruit, but the spice and terroir notes are more expressive and better meshed because the lower acidity from bottle age lets them be.Don’t worry though, there is surprising freshness and life to the fruit. Bottled unfiltered and unfined, fermented entirely with native yeasts, there is a gregarious, fruit-forward element to Valpane’s wines as well as great purity of flavor. The Perlydia is 100% Barbera harvested from vines planted only in 2000, but it delivers the same joyous mouthful of fruit as do all of the Valpane wines. That little bit of bottle age really helps the wine to get into gear quickly and the ripe, somewhat resolved tannins and lower acidity make for an uncommonly delicious drink without a lot of fuss. To do all of this careful raising of the wines for this kind of price is an added bonus and makes Valpane a rather unique wine to offer.