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2005 Conterno Fantino Barbera d'Alba Vignota
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - February 2008

($32) Bright, full medium ruby. Inky black and blue fruit aromas complicated by bitter chocolate, menthol, licorice and minerals. Juicy, spicy and precise, with outstanding energy and definition to the dark berry flavors. Less chewy and sweet than the larger-scaled 2006, but this one boasts superb fruit and harmony, and lovely subtle length. The wood element is deftly integrated. (Empson U.S.A., Alexandria, VA)

90 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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