90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2007
($22) Good ruby-red. Plum, currant, violet and nutty oak on the rather perfumed nose. Juicy, spicy and aromatic in the mouth, with lovely sweetness and cut. Very suave and scented barbera, with noteworthy spicy length. The crop level here was just 35 hectoliters per hectare, said Currado, adding that "Alba barbera is Grace Kelly while Asti is Mike Tyson." By the way, I find it confusing that there's a Tre Vigne from Alba and one from Asti, but Luca points out that the much smaller Alba cuvee is mostly for the European market.
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;
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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... Read More »
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