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2007 Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d'Alba
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

(aged for two years in Slavonian casks) Bright ruby-red. Pure, perfumed aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense, sweet and clean, with powerful but fine-grained fruit given razor-sharp definition by penetrating acidity. Has the sheer stuffing to support its strong structure. The impressive rising finish throws off flavors of blackberry and violet. Owing to its brisk acidity I would never have guessed this wine was carrying 14.5% alcohol. I'd hold off on this very impressive barbera for a couple of years.

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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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Barbera

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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