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April 2005
Last Updated June 2012

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Wine

The Aromas & Flavors of Wine

Page 6: Italian Red Wine

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RED WINE Major Wines Of Italy
Barbera or Barbera D’Alba With some flavor characteristics similar to Cabernet Sauvignon (but higher acid levels and lighter tannins), Barbera’s prominent flavors are blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry and raspberry, with spice and other complex notes.
Barbaresco A medium- to full-bodied wine made from the Nebbiolo grape, with deep berry fruits and flavor accents ranging from licorice and mint to smoke and earth.
Barolo A full-bodied wine made from the Nebbiolo grape. Classic Barolo flavors include roses, tar, truffles, minerals—some have a hint of balsamic, some can be earthy and chocolaty, depending on the part of the Piedmont in which the grapes were grown.
Brunello A robust, long-lived wine with deep tannins and intense flavors of berry, cedar, plum and tobacco.
Chianti A medium- to full-bodied wine made primarily of the Sangiovese grape. The nose can be floral (violets and iris) or berry (black cherry), with palate notes of black cherry, grape, plus vanilla from the barrel aging. Some chiantis have an earthy quality.


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