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2000 Sandrone Barbera d'Alba
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2003

($26; this was blended late and bottled in September 2001) Bright ruby-red. Rich, slightly reduced aromas of roasted meat and smoke. Then lush, sweet, consistent and deep, with sappy acidity giving the wine a chewy quality. Almost exotic on the long, ripe back end, finishing with hints of crystallized fruit. Very satisfying, seamless barbera. (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers)

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