Marco Bonfante La Stella Barbera d'Asti 17

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Barbera can wear many hats, and wines made from the grape can range widely in style, from light, fresh and zippy to bold, brooding bruisers that will stand up nicely to steaks. La Stella from Marco Bonfante does a fine job of treading a middle ground.
Marco Bonfante is the 8th generation in his family to produce wines in the Piemonte. Like most winemakers of his generation, he is firmly rooted in his family's tradition and works with sincere respect for the land. He chooses not to certify organic; however, he completely avoids pesticides and chemical fertilizers. His approach in the winery is a marriage of tradition and cutting edge technology, allowing him to produce very fresh wines that retain full fruit character and brightness.
In the glass, the La Stella Barbera is packed with spicy dark red fruits. It strikes a pleasant middle ground between my other recently featured Barberas. It is richer and features denser fruit than the Povero, and it's not quite as big and bold as the Otto. There's a lovely freshness to the finish of Bonfante's La Stella that allows for enjoyment on its own or parked next to your favorite steak.
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