International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 135
($50-$58; from 50-year-old vines purchased in 2003; aged in all new barriques Deep ruby color. Pungent aromas of blackberry and bitter chocolate. Sappy black fruit and integrated oak flavors sharply framed by penetrating acidity. This boasts lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and mineral energy from the limestone-rich soil. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins. The crop level was just 18 hectoliters per hectare, according to Rivetti. Drink this now with full-flavored meat or hold it for five years.
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Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2005 Barbera d'Asti Bionzo is a deeply-colored, concentrated wine. It is very sweet and long but lacks the complexity and detail which usually makes it such a compelling Barbera.
Author: James Suckling
Offers loads of crushed berry, with undertones of vanilla and green tea. Full-bodied, with big, round tannins and plenty of fruit. Balanced and luscious. Drink now. 1,900 cases imported.
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 09/24/2011
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