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2011 Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d'Alba

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(14.5 alcohol; bottled the month before my visit):  Bright, dark red.  Sappy cherry and flint aromas are complicated by smoke and leather nuances.  Rich, fat and silky-sweet, with smoke, mineral and spice notes giving this wine considerable complexity.  Finishes with sweet, fine-grained tannins and good acidity and grip.

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About Italy

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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Barbera

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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