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2011 La Spinetta/Giorgio Rivetti Barbera d'Alba Gallina
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(from 65-year-old vines picked at the end of August; aged entirely in barriques, one-third new; bottled in August of 2013):  Deep, bright ruby-red.  Blackberry, black cherry and chocolate on the nose; more oaky than the Ca' di Pian bottlings.  Very sweet, chocolatey and ripe but with lovely acidity energizing the middle palate.  The oak element is more harmonious on the palate and back end than on the nose.  Finishes lush, fine-grained and horizontal, with lovely building length.  The percentage of new oak has been cut dramatically for this wine in recent years, according to Giorgio Rivetti:  the 2009 version was aged in 50% new oak and prior to that year it was done entirely in new barriques.  The crop level here was a very low 30 hectoliters per hectare, according to Rivetti.

89 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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