91-92 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2001
Black-ruby. Extraordinarily sweet, deep aromas of cassis, black raspberry and smoke; like a liqueur. Huge, sweet and broad, with perfectly buffered acidity. Offers great depth for barbera. Finishes extremely long, with some dusty wood tannins. A bit like barbera on steroids, but undeniably impressive. (Winebow Inc., Hohokus, NJ)
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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