88(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($40) Deep, bright red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, violet and crushed herbs. Dense, sweet and penetrating, with a firm acid spine currently keeping the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors under wraps. There's an intriguing savory, saline quality here but today this is tough going and dominated by its structure. There's plenty of calcaire in this soil.
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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