2005 Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d’Alba)

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Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Italy, Piedmont, Red Wine

Had this last night at a restaurant. The choice was between a 2005 Vietti Barbera and this. Since I generally like the more traditional style of Pio Cesare, I went with this. Despite the young age, I could taste what this would be like in a handful of years, and the dark, structured, yet elegant wine went so well with Wagyu Carpaccio followed by Beef Tenderloin with a nice Rosemary Chianti reduction sauce. Not profound, but a great food wine. If I find it, I’ll buy a case of this for weekday consumption. Highlight of this wine for me was the great nose and how the acid worked together with the Chianti reduction sauce. Fantastic.

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