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2009 Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Good dark red.  Mocha and coffee barrique notes dominate the nose.  Opulent and sweet but with less cut than the more pristine Torriglione 2010.  A distinctly more rustic style with a chocolatey ripeness.  Finishes with a bit of alcoholic warmth and very good length.  Ratti's Asti barbera spends a bit longer in barrel (it was bottled in early 2011), as its tendency toward rusticity requires longer elevage.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

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