100% Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy.
SRP of $45 and purchased for $19.99. Imported by Vin Divino. 2,917 cases produced.
From the winery:
"It is rich and harmonious, considered one of the princes of Italian wines.
Refinement: 1 year in Slavonian oak barrels and 1 year in the bottle.
Bouquet: Characterised by notes of morello cherry, it opens out into a crescendo of ribes, cocoa and violet, accompanied by goudron.
Flavour: In the mouth it confirms a great structure with a full and intense aftertaste, elegant tannins and a warm alcoholic note.
Ageing: Extraordinary, it can reach even up to 10 years.
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The 2008 Bersano Mantico Barbaresco begins with a lovely perfumed aroma of black and red cherry, licorice and dried herbal notes. This is not a big wine in any sense of the term but it's well balanced and very drinkable with a wonderful subtle complexity that you can't help but love even at only a penny under our limit. The best part is the very long, dry finish which begins with a burst of spice and continues with savory herbal notes that linger almost indefinitely. If you're a fan of balance in your wine then this is definitely one you'll appreciate.
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Overall Rating: 7.0
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