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1998 La Morandina Barbera Varmat
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2001

Medium dullish ruby. Explosive nose dominated by bitter chocolate, leather and game. Thick, chewy and lush, with currant and plum fruit complicated by game, leather and dark chocolate notes. A big boy. Finishes long and ripely tannic, with a note of leather and an almost salty impression of extract. By comparison, I found this producer '98 Zucchetto bottling too salty and medicinal. (Marc de Grazia)

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