Grapelive Latest: March 23

Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow

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pio07.gif2007 Pio Cesare Barbera D’ Abla Piedmonte, Italy.
Pio Cesare, one of the names in Piedmonte along with Gaja, La Spinetta, Giacosa and Ceretto, makes some world class and great wines from his amazing plots in Barolo, like the Ornato, but they also make some fine Barbera that show the region and a class of the winemaking in a value wine. It is hard not to love this 2007 Babera with its dark purple/red hue and zesty fruity palate. Barbera has become a much more serious wine over the last decade and this wine is a fine example of just how good the grape is and how enjoyable it can be anytime. I love the freshness and bright flavors that it offers up, with wildflowers, grapey red and black fruits, hints of tangy spices and cranberry like acidity. The palate has blackberry, plum and apple skin, with smooth tannins and lots of vibrant zestiness! Just enjoy, drink now. ($22-28 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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