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An Engaging Barbera

Vietti Barbera d’Alba Tre Vigne 2007

Harvey Steiman
Posted: March 17, 2010

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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Marc Robillard
Montreal,Canada —  March 17, 2010 2:38pm ET
Harvey. Love this wine though I have only had the 04 and 05. The 04 is outstanding and drinking better then ever right now. Two more bottles of it left in the cellar.
Good to hear that this wine continues to impress from vintage to vintage.
Thanks for sharing.
Richard Gangel
San Francisco —  March 17, 2010 2:43pm ET
Harvey, were you able to get into Frances because they know you? We passed by Frances shortly before 10:00 a few nights ago on our way to a wonderful little sushi place around the block and there were more than half a dozen people standing outside waiting to be seated. Granted, the wait at Frances is worth it as I've had both the panisse and squid salad and they're divine. What's especially nice about Frances, aside from the quality of the food and service, is the small but well-designed wine list.
Harvey Steiman
San Francisco, CA —  March 17, 2010 3:02pm ET
Well, I did call Paul at Frances when we were on our way, and he said it was thinning out. There were no tables, but we enjoyed sitting at the bar. No one else was waiting; I would not want to "cut" the line.

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