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2009 Fratelli Brovia Barbera d'Alba Sori del Drago
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November 2009

(done entirely in stainless steel; bottled in June of 2011):  Good full, deep ruby-red.  Bitter cherry, crushed black fruits, leather and flowers on the perfumed nose; conveys an outstanding impression of noble rusticity.  Juicy, very fresh and pure, with outstanding density to its dark berry and licorice flavors.  Wonderfully sappy, energetic barbera with a rich, long, almost saline finish featuring firm tannins for the variety.  This very strong barbera invites you to eat and drink.  (ST)

88 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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