Italians

2004 Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Ovello- In a very enjoyable spot. Mellowing, but certainly present tannins frame some smoky dark cherry fruit. A workhorse of a wine which accentuated a lamb stew to maximum deliciousness.

2013 Arianna Occhiponti Terre Siciliana SP68 Bianco- If the Barbaresco tells a story in prose, this one speaks in poetry. Evocative & striking in subtlety rather than fireworks. Light melon & mineral with some citrusy zest. Aromatics grow as it breathes with floral & herbal undertones slowly becoming overtones. Steamed clams & a lightly dressed salad were a lovely complement to this.
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