I picked up a bottle of Cantine San Silvestro’s “Ottone I” Piemont doc Barbera 2009 the other night on a whim, not sure what to expect. Consisting of 100% pure Barbera grapes from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, this full red was simply bursting with big fruit flavors. Ruby red in color with a soft-but-sound nose including black raspberry, raspberry, cherry, and hints of strawberry, my initial reaction was most positive. With a rounded body, this delicious wine is filled with luscious cherry, berry, and even dark jam flavors. The finish, though not too long, was crisp and pleasing. This is a quality wine that pairs well with a variety of foods. While moderately tannic, the tannins are very well integrated and will complement saucy pasta dishes, beef, pork, and recipes that utilize robust cheeses. For meals with these components, San Silvestro’s “Ottone I” Piemont doc Barbera 2009 is a sure winner. It can even be served slightly chilled with cold meat platters, and with salads rich with black olives. Talk about versatility! (If you choose to chill it, why not look into an affordable and stylish Wine Credenza for optimal temperature control?) So go ahead! Grab a few bottles, and enjoy the “Ottone I” Piemont doc Barbera 2009 wine now, or through 2012. I know I will.