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2010 Conterno Fantino Barbera d'Alba Vignota
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(made from six vineyards in Monforte; the various components go straight into second-use barriques, and the blend is made after the malolactic fermentation finishes):  Bright ruby-red.  Black cherry, licorice and violet on the nose.  Brisk, vibrant and penetrating, with lovely intensity and purity to the crushed dark fruit and violet flavors.  The wine's lively acids and supple tannins leave the mouth feeling refreshed.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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