90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May 2012
Bright, dark red. Crushed black cherry, blackberry and licorice pastille on the nose; one can smell the acidity here. Nicely delineated, firmly built barbera with strong acidity giving cut to the flavors of crushed dark fruits, violet and bitter chocolae. Finishes with excellent grip. "A classic vintage for barbera," notes Pietro Ratti.
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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