Here's a stunning Italian red from Piedmont that's also an incredible value. Franco Amoroso is a small producer of excellent quality wines. In Asti, Barbera get's the royal treatment; prime vineyard locations and hands-on attention and care. This wine is a DOCG Superiore which is reserved for the biggest, most intense wines. This wine is aged 12 months in oak barrels (6 more than required for Superiore) and then 6 months in the bottle before release. It shows the bright vibrancy that this grape is known for but with additional backbone and hints of compelling vanilla spice from the oak. Barrel-aged Barbera has become a favorite among wine lovers and prices have followed suit. Eric Asimov of the NY Times tasted a lineup of Barberas and said 'high prices for Barbera are here to stay.' But here you have a succulent oak-aged Barbera that belies that statement. Unheard of value. Don't miss it!