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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($45; this represents a selection of the oldest vines from this 12-acre site) Full, deep ruby-red. The aromas of blackberry, graphite, milk chocolate and licorice reminded me a bit of cabernet. Then large-scaled and sweet in the mouth, with a slight alcoholic warmth and a note of dark chocolate; almost Barolo-like in its sheer scale. A rather extreme style, outsized for barbera but leavened somewhat by strong acidity. Finishes with big, broad tannins that saturate the mouth. This aged for nearly two years in barrel and then received another year of aging prior to being released.