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Barbera d'Asti 'La Bricca' Rinaldi, Piedmont 2009

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Type: Red
Producer: Rinaldi
Grape: Barbera
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2009
Body: Medium bodied
Alcohol: 15%
Sweetness: Dry

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While Barolo may be the king of Piedmont, its little brother, Barbera, cavorts around the region like a playboy prince, constantly reinventing itself and turning up in a variety of unexpected disguises. It’s a fiendishly difficult grape to pin down and we have tasted it in all it forms, from the very dark and brooding, to the light and ethereal. This one clearly looks up to its big brother, displaying similar flavour characteristics of warm plum skins, loose tea, leather, kirsch, tomato leaves and cherry wood. Where Barolo has muscle and power, this capers more nimbly, with its naturally high acidity carrying those delicious autumnal flavours within a lighter and more forgiving frame. 14% alc. Drink now-2020

Tasting Notes

La Bricca is a South-facing vineyard in the Monferrato hills, near Acqui Terme, a good deal East of Barbaresco and Barolo. It is an exceptionally well-sited vineyard that ripens the Barbera grape perfectly - enough ripeness for a charming sweetness of fruit and complex aromas to develop, that makes it more impressive than many, but retaining enough acidity to keep it fresh on the palate and able to cut through the ragus and meat dishes of the region.

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