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Bricco Mondolino Barbera d'Asti, Il Bergantino, 2002

Bright medium ruby, just translucent. Very complex nose filled with tobacco, menthol, blood oranges and firm raspberry and burnt cherry fruit with a warm earthiness throughout. Firm and multi-layered on the palate with tobacco mixing with smoky dark cherry and blackberry flavors with a bitter tart cherry highlight. The finish is a blend of wild earthy flavors, ripe fruit, zesty acidity, cigars and a touch of tannin. Very nice Barbera.