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2012 Gran Passione Italian (Piedmont) Red "Barbera d'Asti"

Winery: Gran Passione

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Barbera d'Asti"

Wine Category: Italian (Piedmont) Red

Grape blend: 100% Barbera

Region: Barbera d'Asti Superiore

State or country: Italy

Price: $13

Cases produced: 5,000

KWG Score: 89 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: September 6, 2015

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Barbera is very good and a great deal. It opens with a black plum and blackberry bouquet. On the palate this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a black plum and mild cedar blend with hints of blackberry and black raspberry towards the very end. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors linger nicely. This wine is very food friendly and it would be a very nice glass pour in the North End of Boston. I would pair it with braciola alla marinara. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: A round, balanced red, featuring black cherry, raspberry, spice and tobacco notes that offset the firm structure. Subtle oak adds further depth and complexity. A particularly good aging wine, with the potential to reward cellaring for up to eight years. At its best it is a rich, tangy, full-bodied wine characterized by an intense ruby-red color which graduates towards garnet red with age. It is a full-bodied wine whose flavors become more balanced and appealing as it matures. The wine will complement typical rich Piedmont cuisine such as stews and pastas in red sauces with meat as well as other richer dishes that will complement the structure of the wine.

Organic status: not organic

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