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2010 La Spinetta/Giorgio Rivetti Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(bottled in July of 2013; partly aged in one- and two-year-old barriques):  Good medium red.  Plum, tobacco, licorice and nutty oak on the ripe, serious nose.  Supple, concentrated and dry; densely packed and voluminous.  Shows very good flavor intensity but does not come across as particularly primary following the extended elevage.

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