Red Wines of Piemonte

Vietti, Barbera d’Asti, Tre Vigne 2007 In the nose you’ll find tar, licorice, black fruit and chocolate. In the mouth there is Barbera’s acidic trademark, yet with density of flavor throughout – very nice and very long.

The grapes are sourced from younger vines in and around Agliano d’Asti. The wine is aged in a combination of French oak barrels and Slavonian oak casks for 12 months. Estate Bottled in Castiglione Falletto 14.5% purchased for $14.49 at Bottle Barn Vietti

Paolo Scavino, Rosso, Vino da Tavola 2008 The fruitiness in the nose is quite overt, a sense of whole berries right from the vine. It’s not Beaujolais but it certainly echoes that fruit profile with some black pepper and earth. In the mouth there is zippy acidity to frame the fruit, a ready to drink quaffer.

The grapes behind this wine are Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel. Estate bottled in Castiglione Falletto 13.5% purchased for $15.99 at Traverso’s Paolo Scavino

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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