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2008 Elio Perrone Barbera d'Asti Tasmorcan
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March 2010

($18) Dark, bright red. Perfumed aromas of cherry, strawberry and flowers, lifted by Indian spices and pepper. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, with superb ripe acidity leavening the wine's sweetness without introducing any edges. In fact, this saline, soil-driven wine is quite tactile and creamy for its vintage. Finishes with light tannins, very good persistence and noteworthy energy to its fruit and soil flavors. The Rare Wine Company, Sonoma CA)

89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Italy

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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