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1998 Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d'Alba
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86(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2001

( spent two years in tonneaux Good bright, deep red. Aromas of strawberry, blackberry and licorice, plus a suggestion of old wood. Sweet entry, then tougher on the back half, with some wood tannins and the wine strong acidity giving the finish a slightly sour quality. A distinctly older-style, rather rustic Barbera; is it dry or is it simply in an awkward stage following the recent bottling? (Robert Chadderdon Selections, New York, NY)

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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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