Barbera d'Alba 2010 and 2011: panel tasting results

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A positive reaction from our experts to these versatile, approachable and affordable wines, with the 2010 vintage edging the 2011 thanks to their ripeness balanced by refreshing acidity. See the top 18 wines recommended by our judges in our panel tasting as featured in the Decanter Magazine May 2013 issue...
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Barbera d'alba 2010, Barbera d'alba 2011, Sottimano Pairolero 2010
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Sottimano, Pairolero 2010
Decanter average score:
17.25pts/20 (90+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Andrea Briccarello 16.5 Stephen Brook 18 Ian D’Agata 17.5
Lush, oaky, chocolatey nose, with sumptuous black fruits. Rich, plump, concentrated, opulent fruit and a seamless texture, with plenty of spice and creamy plum and red berry fruits. Powerful but balanced; needs an hour or two of time to open further.
Price £19.95 Lea & Sandeman
Drink 2013–2016
Alc 14.5%

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