2014 Costa Di Bussia Tenuta Arnulfo Barbera D'Alba
I typically aerate my wine before I drink it, using a simple aerator pourer that just goes into the top of the bottle like a cork. I personally use the Baen Sendi aerator and have found that it works very well. However, since I'm on vacation right now, I didn't have my aerator with me when I tried this wine, and I could definitely taste that it wasn't aerated, so I left the glass out for half an hour before really drinking it.
When I came back to the wine about half an hour later, it tasted so much better. It definitely just needed time to breathe. It was still relatively acidic, but less so. I would put it at medium-high acidity instead of high acidity, and the tannins were a bit more powerful. The red berry notes were still there but less powerful, and I also got notes of plum, oak, vanilla, and some earthiness. The orange peel finish was still present, but the lime notes were pretty much gone, which I appreciated, and overall the wine was much more balanced and enjoyable.
My mom and I drank this while snacking on some hummus and pita chips, but that was mainly because we didn't have much other food in the cabin to pair it with. I would recommend drinking this with a Neapolitan style pizza or with a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. It's a solid, enjoyable wine, not too fussy or fancy, and it would go great with some simple, but well-made, Italian food. I would probably buy this again for a casual dinner at home. It was a good value, only $14, for a satisfying Italian red wine.