91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($43; bottled in February of 2009; aged in 500- and 600-liter casks, about one-third new) Saturated ruby. Deep, pure aromas of black raspberry and bitter chocolate. Sweet, lush and deep, with uncommon density and breadth for barbera. Highly concentrated flavors of blackberry, cassis and minerals linger impressively on the gripping finish.
89 Points | Wine Spectator
90 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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