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Unlike most traditional European wines, Barbera is named for the grape rather than the place of origin. The most widely planted varietal in northern Italy's Piedmont region, the best Barberas are usually from the neighboring geographic districts of Asti and Alba. Grapes for this wine were sourced from the most southerly exposed, older vineyards nesting in clay and limestone soils. Aged a year in oak, the wine is brilliant and ruby-hued. Aromas of blackberry are followed by a mouthful of robust, vibrant dark-cherry and black-fruit flavors with undertones of licorice and chocolate. Supple texture and nice acid balance. An excellent accompaniment to roast fowl and game, grilled chops, hearty pasta dishes and osso bucco. Where to buy: Dorignac's and Langenstein's in Metairie. Where to drink it: Bacco. (Listings current at press time.)
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