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1997 Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone
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89-90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 1998

Deep ruby color. Violet and dark berry aromas. Intensely flavored, penetrating and floral, with excellent shape and grip, not to mention finesse. The violet and dark berry character repeats in the mouth. Finishes very long, with hints of licorice and vanilla. This powerful, ageworthy barbera features 31 grams per liter dry extract, according to Currado, or about the same as a top Barolo from this vintage.

85 Points | Wine Spectator

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Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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Piedmont may be famous for its Nebbiolo-based wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, but the inhabitants of this region in Northwest Italy don't drink these big, tannic wines on an everyday basis. When it comes to a weekday dinner's accompaniment, they usually turn to Barbera (when not drinking the other everyday wine of the region, Dolcetto.) With this in mind, it's no surprise that...
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