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2005 Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia
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no stars Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

($76; from vines dating back more than 85 years) Good saturated medium ruby. Blackberry, minerals and espresso on the precise nose. Distinctly more backward and closed than the regular bottling, but with terrific lift and definition to its flavors of black fruits, minerals and menthol. This boasts superb thrust and, with its spine of acidity, finishes with an almost medicinal austerity. But it's ultimately sweeter than the wine from younger vines. Both of these barberas are made according to the same techniques, including five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration and malolactic fermentation in barriques

94 Points | Wine Spectator
91 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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