Got our hands on a couple more bottles of '07, not wanting to tap into the 08's which may be just a tad less robust. Just love this wine, great for the price. Color is inky (almost like an Aussie Shiraz), nose and taste are the stongest bowl of berries you have ever stuck your nose in, and lots of bramble/wood with a hint of earthiness. Definitely a touch of wood, that finishes it off nicely. Speaking of finish, it had a better than medium finish and it threw off a good amount of sediment (we find that pretty cool). QPR to the max. If you don't like robust Italian reds, this one is not for you; if you do, give this a try.
Truly a tremendous bottle of wine, sorry to see the last of our 2007 bite the dust. A great Italian Barbera on the hefty side (14.5% alc). Dark red, but not quite inky appearance. Nose is strong plum and oak; taste is likewise strong plum fruit, with a definite oak and somewhat smoky tatte. Long finish, especially as the wine opens up - suggest decanting after a good 30 minute breathe. Perfect to pair with any Italian or other tomato-based dish. Definitely not a shy Barbera. At $ 20, outstanding Quality to Price ratio.
This is everything one would want a robust Italian red to be: pepper, wood, oak, earth (did I mention robust?). Paid $13.99 for it, drinks easily like a $20 bottle. While we had this with home made spaghetti, this is not your normal spaghetti red. 14.5% alc for instance. My only regret is that I only bought three bottles, instead of a case. We had one bottle some time back, and I have to say it was not ready to drink back then, it is ideal now. We did let it breathe for 45 minutes and it smoothed out to its potential only because of that. Tannins were softened out to nearly non-existence. Looks like it had lots of oak aging. What a deal this wine! Have to think some of the lower ratings drank it young.. remember that Old World Wines are not necessarily pop and pour. Aging or decanting/aerating will help. We did not decant or aerate after a quick early taste and were rewarded.
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