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Bruno Giacosa Barbera D'alba 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - Loads of blackberries and blueberries here with citrus peel and flowers. Full body, juicy fruit and a vivid and fruity finish. Lots of...
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Bruno Giacosa Barbera D'alba 2017 750ml

Intense ruby red colour with violet reflections. Intense winey bouquet recalling sour cherry and spices. Lively, generous, and full flavour.
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G.D. Vajra Barbera D'alba 2017 750ml

Great persistence and balance, with a velvet finish. Deep red color with purple hues refer to the sweetness of a dark fruit with refined elegance....
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G.D. Vajra Barbera D'alba Superiore Viola delle Viole 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - Smooth and opulent, this red exudes mulberry, black currant, violet and iron aromas and flavors. Balanced and concentrated, ending with...
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G.D. Vajra Dolcetto D'alba Coste & Fossati 2017 750ml

Rated 91-93 - Tasted from barrel, the 2017 Dolcetto d’Alba Coste & Fossati is shaping up to be a real stunner. Rarely does a vintage come...
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Ganghija Barbera D'alba Superiore 2016 750ml

Rated 91 - Aromas of bark and dark berries follow through to a medium body with chewy tannins. A chocolate and walnut aftertaste to the fruit....
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Massolino Barbera D'alba 2017 750ml

Rated 90 - Lots of crushed-berry and mineral character on the nose, following through to a medium body, juicy fruit and a fresh and mineral finish....
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Massolino Dolcetto D'alba 2016 750ml

Rated 91 - This red is balanced and fluid, bursting with black cherry, blackberry, violet and spice aromas and flavors. Firms up slightly on the...
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Alba Italy Piedmont $20 - $30

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

Situated in the north-western part of Italy, the region of Piedmont is known worldwide and is highly respected for the quality of the wines produced there. Many of the most successful sub-regions in Piedmont produce many of the world's finest red wines, such as those made from the excellent Nebbiolo grape varietal in areas such as Barolo and Barbaresco. However, the historic wineries which typify this region use a relatively wide variety of grapes, including Dolcetto and Barbera for their red wines, which are typically aged and have a delightful velvety character. Piedmont isn't all about beautifully complex red wines, though, as it is also famed for high quality, elegant sparkling wines, notably the Asti wines made with the white Moscato grape. The region benefits from a range of terroirs which are often well expressed in the sparkling wines, and a wonderfully consistent climate ideal for vineyard cultivation.