Number 4 from the Optimor case, and a very nice one too – for drinking not keeping. I reckon (surprisingly) that this one would be a good match for a juicy steak in red wine sauce. Whilst the food link doesn’t surprise me, as Italian reds seem to match really well in general, the beefiness of this Barbera was an eye-opener. Black-tinted garnet colour, but medium-density. Profound beef-steak nose initially which gives way to a still-meaty, deep & rich beef, olive, sweet spice (pain epicée), touch of vanilla, sweet red chilli and maybe some baked-plum fruit. Full, round, ripe and slightly sweet initially but with some noteable acidity that emerges as a red fruit (cherry & raspberry) palate. Good length.