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|Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2016 (based on 1 user opinion)|
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| ||Tasted by wine-strategies on 5/6/2013: PnP, served non-blind. Simply put, the finest Barbera I've ever had, and I've had plenty in the past 20 years. Needless to say, I was caught quite by surprise, having mixed feelings at best for this uva in this particular vintage; I was totally schooled. Cavallotto is such a class act, from the capsule and label, through to the very last drop from the bottle. I'm reticent to give this comparison, but it's as honest as the fruit was pure - as vibrant on the nose and palate as any Cru Barolo in recent memory. Structured, elegant and powerful without actually flexing any muscles. Carried this back with me after buying it and some others from Giuseppe. One of my top 5 so far this year, something I never thought I would say about anyone's Barbera. Everything I thought it could be when I had this 6 months ago; so thankful it was. 14,5% abv,drink thru 2016|
(if I had 11 other bottles from the same case, I wouldn't expect any of them to repeat the performance that I had with this bottle. Wine is a living thing, and I just got really, really lucky with tonight's performance. Or, at least that's what I'll tell myself...) (1600 views)
| ||Tasted by wine-strategies on 12/22/2012: Aerated to decanter 1 hour. Pretty serious stuff here, that is likely another year or two from peak. Nonetheless, very enjoyable now with some aeration. Autumn leaves, black cherries, roses, cocao nibs and black truffle. Flavors largely follow the nose to a medium-bodied, neatly framed package. Acids do not overwhelm, tannins offer good support. Impressive stuffing here, but the fruit needs some more time to become more fully expressive. 14,5% abv, drink thru 2016 (1491 views)|
| ||Tasted by JesperR on 2/21/2011 & rated 89 points: Consistent note. Think I may have to buy some more of this lovely little thing. (2281 views)|
| ||Tasted by JesperR on 1/3/2011 & rated 90 points: Full of character and personality. Long and vigorous with vibrant acidity. Very pure aromatics. This to me was a pleasant surprise. Should have lots of life ahead of it, though I see no reason not to try one now, if you have the opportunity. (2259 views)|
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Vinous, New Releases from Piedmont: The Stars Are Aligned (Oct 2011)
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Barbera Varietal character (Appellation America)
Varietal character (Wikipedia German)
Varietal character (Wikipedia English)
Barbera is a red wine variety, originally from Italy, which is best known as the second-most important Piedmontese variety after Nebbiolo. The wines made of this grape are mainly the everyday drinking wines of the region. The main appellations producing Barbera are Asti and Alba.
Barbera - The most widely grown red wine grape of Piedmont and Southern Lombardy, most famously around the towns of Asti and Alba, and Pavia. The wines of Barbera were once simply "what you drank while waiting for the Barolo to be ready." With a new generation of wine makers, this is no longer the case. The wines are now meticulously vinified, aged Barbera gets the name "Barbera Superiore" (Superior Barbera), sometimes aged in French barrique becoming "Barbera Barricato", and intended for the international market. The wine has bright cherry fruit, a very dark color, and a food-friendly acidity.
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Piedmont Vignaioli Piemontesi (Italian only)
Alba Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero
Alba is a town and comune of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Cuneo. It is considered the capital of the hilly area of Langhe, and is famous for the white truffle, peach and wine production. Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.