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2001 Aldo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Conca Tre Pile
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2004

($40; aged in 70% new barriques for 12 months following fermentation in stainless steel, up from 50% previously) Red-ruby. Crushed red berries, black cherry, licorice, flowers, nuts, mint and spicy oak on the nose. Juicy, fruit-driven and nicely del ineated, with sappy acidity contributing to the impression of cut. The oak spice adds complexity but does not dominate the wine. Finishes quite juicy, with very smooth tannins. "We look for acidity and freshness in this wine, not overconcentration," notes Giacomo.

88 Points | Wine Spectator
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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