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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013
(15% alcohol; from limestone soil; both of these 2011 barberas were bottled in June): Bright ruby-red. Wild aromas of black raspberry, violet, smoke, game, leather and minerals. Large-scaled, round and deep, if less sweet and open now than the Cerretta version, with black cherry, blackberry and licorice flavors sharpened by minerality. This big, wild wine boasts a huge structure for barbera, not to mention Barolo-like depth. The savory, saline finish leaves the taste buds salivating. Incredible mineral-driven wine from a vintage that Conterno describes as "unbelievable for barbera: similar to 2007 but with more acidity to balance its size."