Barbera d'Alba, Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino, Vigna dei Dardi 2001

Bright light ruby. Very smooth and aromatic nose filled with spice, fresh lavender - all with a little tart bite at the end.  Bitter black cherry and cranberry fruit somehow ties into a very smooth package. Delightfully balanced and refreshing throughout, the finish just explodes with fresh acidity and a myriad of wild flowers and a sweet touch of candied lavender. Yumm.