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2009 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cascina Francia
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(from limestone soil, whereas the Cerretta comes from clay):  Bright, dark ruby-red.  Black cherry aroma lifted by pungent minerality.  Utterly silky and sweet, with terrific mineral lift and an impression of lower alcohol giving this suave, mouthcoating wine a light touch.  Still quite youthfully closed but wonderfully pure and long, at once creamy and energetic.  An exceptional barbera.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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