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2009 Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(from vines planted in 1918; this wine did its malolactic fermentation in barriques, 20% new and the rest at least five years old, then was moved into large Slavonian casks in the spring for another year of aging):  Bright, dark red.  Fresh, floral aromas of cherry and wild herbs, with complementary oak tones.  Dense, rich and deep, combining outstanding sweetness of fruit with harmonious acidity and serious power and structure.  This will age well on its sheer density.  Luca Currado picked these barbera vines early, "with very thick, ripe skins" and a crop level of under 25 hectoliters per hectare.  (My sample of the Barbera Scarrone classique showed a very rich, almost syrupy fruit character, stronger oak influence and a roasted quality with air; I did not think this bottle was quite right but was unable to retaste it back in New York as it was not yet in the U.S. market.)

92 Points | Wine Spectator
91 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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