I was feeling lucky with Trader Joes after the pretty good 15$ Fronsac...so I picked up the 03 Montagne-Saint Emilion (we'll drink that tonight...stay tuned if you're really that interested) as well as this wine, which was 8$. Interestingly, this isn't from Alba, and is labeled in a pretty generic fashion. I've got to assume that this is a mish-mash wine from all over, and probably doesn't really have "the best" of what Barbera has to offer. Initially on the nose, it's really woody (Ron Jeremy proportions, I think). Eventually, it opens up to reveal a lot of toast, some earth, and some of the typical bright cherry that I have come to expect from Barbera based wines. Not particularly rustic, but also not too polished. In other words, this is in a no man's land as far as Barbera is concerned. It doesn't have all the bite that goes so fantastically with big, rustic, tomatoey dishes, but it's also missing the polish, structure, and cherry laden luster of a more modern barrique-aged wine. It's boring. It goes ok with food (chicken parmigiano, if you must ask), but it's nothing to write home about. Sarah likes it more than me. Just looking back on some of the more satisfying Barbera's I've had recently; the Valpane imported by Kermit Lynch comes to mind. The Valpane was one dollar more than this, but kicked its' ass. This wine is a D+/C- for the price.