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2011 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Cerretta
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(from clay soil; 6.5 grams per liter acidity):  Good deep ruby-red.  Compellingly pure aromas of black raspberry, minerals, violet and smoked meat, plus a hint of dark fruit pastille.  Boasts outstanding vinosity and complexity, offering extraordinary intensity and thrust to its sweet dark berry and floral flavors.  The wine's terrific energy cleanses the palate on the very long, sweet finish.  This is 15.5% alcohol but I would never have guessed.  Conterno started harvesting his barbera on September 6 in 2011--or a full ten days earlier than the harvest in the furnace-hot vintage of 2003.

90-92 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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