Marziano Abbona Barbera d'Alba Rinaldi 2007
Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
The wine has an intense, ripe, fruity bouquet filled with red berries, vanilla and spice. In the mouth, the wine has robust full flavors with mature fruit and warm spices. The tangy finish is seductively lingering.
Wine Spectator - "This has an amazing nose of crushed blackberry and licorice. Really powerful and full-bodied, with masses of fruit, chewy tannins and intense flavors of blackberry, tar and dark chocolate. Drink now."
Marziano Abbona Winery
Sun, water and land are fundamental elements for the success of a good vintage. The Langhe is a wine region whose soils are composed of Helvetian limestone, clay and marls, from the Miocenic Era. In profile, the area’s orography, the physical geography of the mountain slopes, suggests a dolphin’s back, with the vineyard exposures varying continuously. Doriolo, Santa Lucia, Rinaldi are names of the most prestigious parcels in the Langhe, where a generous sun is paired with almost perfect soil composition. The grapes are the product of natural and harmonious wine growing. Technology and careful, modern winemaking are tools that, when guided by passion and experience, can transform primary material into an accurate expression of the vineyard character. View all Marziano Abbona Wines
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Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- <img border="0" align = "center" src="/images/Category/Varietal_Red_Wine.jpg" width="750" height="300">Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.