Feeling peckish on the way home from a San Francisco Symphony concert, we stopped off at Frances, Melissa Perello’s new casual spot in San Francisco’s Castro District. The hour was late, but a few appetizers and a couple of glasses of the Vietti Barbera d’Alba Tre Vigne 2007 hit the spot.
“That’s delicious,” said my wife as she took a sip of the Italian wine. She was right. This Barbera was less acidic than most, showing a lovely soft, open texture and violet-tinged mulberry and blackberry flavors. It was a safe bet. I have long been a fan of 2007 vintage in Piedmont has a fine reputation. At $9 a glass, this red made a nice match with our snack of Frances’ panisse (rectangular chickpea fritters) and squid salad. 88 points, non-blind.
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