La Mancina is a family winery south west of Bologna in Emilia Romagna. Emilia Romagna is south of Piedmont and the vineyards here are in the rolling foothills of the Apennines. The sun is warmer, it's less foggy than Piedmont and this Barbera really benefits from the extra warmth. The Zanetti family founded the winery back in the 60's and have slowly built a reputation as a local star and naturally farmed winery.
I personally have always had problems with Barbera from Alba. I feel a lot of it is just too thin and unripe for my tastes. The cooler climate results in lighter simple wines that would be just fine if they didn't run $15-$20. This example is the most personally pleasing Barbera that I've run across over my career.
The aroma is dominated by fresh cherry, but underneath there are also hints of roasting meat and wood smoke. It's very forward and earnest but has those darker tones under the fruit balancing things out.
The taste of this wine is classic Barbera: fresh cherry, plummy, and bright acidity, but it's riper and more developed than most Piedmont examples of the grape. This Barbera has more fruit to it that you can kind of sink your teeth into. I wouldn't call it chewy, it's not really tannic, but it is fleshier. This is honestly the most satisfying Barbera I've ever had. It's not super complex, but it is very integrated and delicious!
This is priced in the mid teens at the Freeport Cheese and Wine Shop, Vic and Whit's in Saco, The Blue Hill Wine shop, and Black Cherry in Falmouth.