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2007 Giovanni Manzone Barbera d'Alba La Serra

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March 2010

($25) Bright, full ruby-red. Violet, dark plum and blackberry aromas are complicated by mint, licorice and minerals. Juicy and precise, featuring luscious dark berry, plum and cherry flavors. Less chewy and sweet than many larger-scaled barberas, but this boasts superb fruit and freshness and an impressively long finish. Made from 40-year-old vines, there are just a paltry 2,500 bottles for the world!. (A Marc de Grazia Selection; importers include Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)

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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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