Sunday, March 29, 2009

Damilano Barbera d’Alba, 2007

This red wine is produced in the Piedmont region of Italy, made from fruit grown in Diano d’'Alba and Monforte, fermented in stainless steel and stored in oak barrels for 1 month prior to bottling.

Noticed at first is a slight fizziness (“fizzante”), with ruby red coloring and aromatics of raspberry, followed by enticing spices and a small pinch of oak. Medium body opens to a supple and expessively bright Barbera that balances with layers of cherries and dark summer fruits, evolving into an elegant long finish.

Paired well with appetizer of tagliolini pasta in porcini mushroom sauce wrapped with smoked prosciutto, and grilled filet of salmon served with sautéed spinach in a light mustard sauce at Il Poeta.

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