Barsaglina is a rare red wine grape variety native to Italy. It is originally from Massa Carrara in Tuscany, and this explains why a commonly used synonym for it is Massaretta.
Where grown: Barsaglina is most abundant in the above-mentioned Massa Carrara/La Spezia area of Tuscany, where it is part of the Colli di Luni Rosso DOC and Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC, as well as the Costa Toscana Rosso denomination. It is also authorised in the Colline del Genovesato, Montecastelli and Val di Magra IGT blends.
In the vineyard: Medium-sized bunches, medium-small berries. Barsaglina does not like excessive sunlight. It is prone to sunburn, and tends to drop its leaves. It is susceptible to powdery mildew (oïdium),
Wine style: Extremely, almost impenetrable dark-coloured wine. Delicately herbal with ripe, dark-berry and black plum aromas. Savoury, good acidity, not especially complex. Very prone to reduction.
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p157-8.
Oxford Companion to Wine 4th edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press, 2015).