90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013
Vivid ruby. Expressive dark berry aromas are complemented by notes of peppery spices and candied flowers. Sweet boysenberry and cherry compote flavors show very good energy and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Finishes smooth and long, with velvety tannins coming on late and adding gentle grip.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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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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