On a beautiful spring evening in Shekomeko, we are enjoying a favorite wine of ours: the Barbera d’Asti 2013 produced by the Anfosso family from their “Ca’ del Buc” vineyard in Costigliole d’Asti. Although the family is based in Barbaresco, they have owned this special site for many years, using it to produce this formidable red as well as their enchanting Moscato d’Asti and Piemonte Chardonnay (the latter having gained a broad following across the USA but at the cost of losing an old favorite of mine, the Grignolino d’Asti that we purchased back in the early ’80s!).
But, back to tonight’s wine… slightly chilled to offset the lingering heat of the day, it is thirst-quenching, joyously open and expressive, with a good bit of swagger. The flavors are a mix of wild berries, smoke and tobacco box (actually drinks as a distant kin to northern Rhone Syrah!) backed by a refreshing acidity. It’s working just fine with our fresh asparagus pulled from our garden and grilled alongside a little poussin accompanied as well by some rhubarb yanked from the garden too (and baked with a few spoonfuls of Andrea Bianco’s thyme honey).