In a nutshell: A great value Barbera from one of the great producers of Piedmont.
The lowdown: Since 1956 Michele Chiarlo has helped pull Piedmont winemaking up in quality so it now produces some of the best wines in the world. Nowhere is this more evident than with Barbera d'Asti. From the mid-1970s onwards Chiarlo has helped revolutionise the wines of this region and with this Barbera d'Asti Superiore 'Le Orme' he has hit a real sweet spot. Oak has been used sparingly and there is great intensity and refinement to the fruits.
When to drink: Pizza, pasta and poultry are good food pairings.
Certainly one of Piedmont's truly great winemakers. The family owns 60 hectares of vineyard in three of the classic growing areas - Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi and have access to a further 50 hectares through long-term relationships with their growers.
Michele has insisted on total quality since his first vintage in 1956, an ethos which his sons Stefano and Alberto adopt today. The Chiarlo style is highly elegant, they make complex wines that can age for decades but above all reflect their provenance - some of the finest vineyard sites in Piedmont.