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2011 Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(from a 1988 planting):  Good saturated, bright red-ruby.  Aromas of black cherry, licorice, violet and bitter chocolate.  Fat, lush and round, offering terrific intensity to its black cherry fruit.  Finishes with superb length and very suave tannins.  Currado is now using more large Stockinger casks for this wine.

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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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