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2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(14.5% alcohol; bottled in April of this year):  Bright red with ruby highlights.  Sexy liqueur-like ripeness to the expressive aromas and flavors of black cherry, raspberry and espresso, but sound acidity gives this broad, rather powerful and dense barbera a solid underlying structure.  Compelling sweetness gives the finish substantial sexy appeal.  Bruna Giacosa, who noted that 2011 was a very good vintage for barbera, told me that this wine is carrying 30 grams per liter of dry extract, a level that compares favorably to many Barolos and Barbarescos.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
90 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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