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2005 Fratelli Revello Barbera d'Alba Ciabot du Re
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - February 2008

($45-$53) Good bright medium ruby. Pure, lively aromas of blackberry, violet and spicy oak. Suave, juicy and penetrating, with blackberry fruit complicated by substantial oak, bitter chocolate and a saline nuance. The tannins are firm but not dry. Considering the fact that this was aged in all new barriques and is carrying 15% alcohol, it's a miracle that it avoids coming off as heavy. (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers)

88 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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Barbera

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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