Beautiful deep ruby without the orange tints that might appear in a 10-year-old Nebbiolo. This is the Barbera speaking. The bouquet is Nebbiolo at its finest--roses, violets, dark cherries and licorice. On the palate, the tannic grip of Nebbiolo is apparent but it is countered to a pleasant degree by the friendly red and black fruit flavors of Barbera. A touch of mint and/or clove adds uplift on the long finish. This is a marriage made in heaven.
The Vinum 002 Langhe Rosso is difficult to find in my part of the country. But G.D. Vajra's Langue Rosso (which includes Dolcetto, Freisa and other grapes as well as Barbera and Nebbiolo) offers similar pleasures for about $15 a bottle and is usually available at Village Corner in Ann Arbor and Mega-Bev in Grand Rapids, MI. Another option, also available at those locations, is Paolo Scavino's Vino Rosso.