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Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2011

Briccotondo Barbera 2011It’s a bit of a mouthful, this Briccotondo Barbera 2011 from the Fontanafredda winery in the Piedmont region of Italy.

A nice Barbera for around $15. This wine is medium dark ruby in color, has a nice aroma of blackberries and brings out nice flavors of dark cherry with some vanilla. This Barbera is medium bodied and has low acidity and medium tannins, which make for a smooth finish. Slightly dry.

Can be enjoyed on its own or with pasta dishes.

Produced by Fontanafredda s.r.l., Serralunga d’Alba, Italy.

Imported by: Palm Bay International, Boca Raton FL.

Alc. 13.5%

$15

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Mandrarossa Nero d’Avola 2011

Mandrarossa Nero d'Avola 2011This is the 2011 vintage of the Mandrarossa Nero d’Avola produced by the Settesoli winery on Sicily.

Still a great value wine with ripe dark cherry fruit and hints of licorice. The 2011 MandraRossa is a lot darker (more tannins) than the 2010 vintage and I actually prefer the 2010 vintage. However, for $8-9 you can’t go wrong here. Pair it with your favorite Italian meatballs and pasta.

USA Importers: Palm Bay International, Boca Raton, FL.

Alc. 13.5%

$9

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MandraRossa Nero d’Avola 2010

Mandrarossa Nero d'Avola 2010This is a great smooth red wine from Sicily, made from Nero d’Avola grapes that are native to Sicily.

At first I thought I was drinking a Spanish wine, because I didn’t look at the label at first, since the flavor profile has such a rich dark fruit character. That being said, this dark ruby red wine is not overpowering and it still has a nice smooth layered taste to it, with plenty of ripe berry flavors and hints of vanilla and licorice. With medium tannins and long finish, this excellent value wine would pair very well with a variety of pasta dishes.

Produced and bottled by the Settesoli winery, Menfi, Sicily, Italy.

Imported by: Palm Bay International, Boca Raton, FL.

Alc. 13.5%

$8

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