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2011 Renato Ratti Barbera d'Alba
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87(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(this used to be labeled Torreglione, but was changed when the new labeling requirements took effect in 2010):  Deep, bright red.  Reduced aromas of dark cherry, berries and smoke.  Richer and more concentrated than the 2012, in a distinctly more powerful style, but also quite reduced today.  Strong acidity and higher alcohol give this wine a rather aggressive character.  Has much more material than the 2012 bottling but the younger wine is livelier.

89 Points | Wine Spectator

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