88 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($26; all in stainless steel; 14.5% alcohol) Bright ruby-red. Liqueur-like aromas of crushed wild blackberry and tar. Fat, dense, sweet and very ripe, with a distinctly sauvage aspect of truffle and game. Has the quality of a fruit liqueur but there's enough acidity here to support the wine's high alcohol. Finishes with dusty tannins and a flavor of cherries macerated in alcohol.
89 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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