2009-C Val Del Prete "Carolina" Barbera, Piedmont, Italy

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2009-C Val Del Prete "Carolina" Barbera, Piedmont, Italy

If this wine was featured in a blind tasting, it would be unlikely anyone would guess it's a 2009 just by the nose alone. It's crazy to think it has eight years of age on it considering the aromatics are so vibrant and ripe, expressing deep black plum and sweet cherry notes along with baked dark chocolate. However, that may be because the fruit is coming from a plot of almost 40 year old vines, or it could be the fact that the wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged for 16 months in new French oak barrique barrels followed by another six months in bottle. In any case, proprietor Mario Roagna held a quantity back in the winery anticipating its great ageability and recently released some to market. The medium-to-full bodied palate does start to show the age of the wine with subtle tertiary, savory and earthy elements around the edges, yet the vibrant dark red fruit flavors make up the core of the taste sensation. With supple tannins and a lingering finish, this is a real Italian treat from an earnest, hard-working family that is reaping the best of their prized land and making great wine from it.

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