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Barbera d'Alba 2012 Sandrone

This is just a super lovely wine based on 100% Barbera. There are a lot of various Barbera around which are mostly cheap and easy drinking wines, but which do not talk to you. This one talks to you and that is thanks to the winemaking of Sandrone. Dense dark colour with a lovely purple rim. Big and wonderful aromas of dark cherries, dark fruit, plums and chocolate. Great smooth solid taste with a big structure and mouthful. Lovely balance and acidity. This is good, very good indeed and probably one of the world's best Barbera's. Ca 300 NOK or 25€ Vinous (Galloni): 90 points! "Sandrone's 2012 Barbera d'Alba is all about polish and refinement. Dark red and black stone fruit, spices, leather and menthol meld together in a supple, silky Barbera built on pure texture. Over the last few years Sandrone has lowered the percentage of new oak and reduced toast levels considerably."!

Sancerre "Les Chailloux" 2012 by Claude Riffault

This is a bone dry and very crispy Sancerre. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown in a small area where the soil is predominantly flint which gives wines with a very expressive minerality. Pale straw colour and a delicate boquet of gooseberries and citrus fruit. The taste is very clean and fresh, extremely zingy and zesty with a lovely mineral finish (wet stone). Perfect with seafood. Ca 220 NOK or 15€

Felsina - Fontalloro 2011

This is a very dense dark and big wine from Tuscany.  Ruby red color with rich and intense tones. Beautiful aroma of herbs accentuated with generous notes of tobacco and wet earth (dry earth, as well), black currant and licorice. The palate reveals medium-smooth tannins and a rich structure and weight with an elegant finish. Requires food!! (lamb or game) Fontalloro is the most representative expression of Fèlsina’s Sangiovese. Fontalloro grapes come from vineyards straddling the border between Chianti Classico and the Chianti Colli Senesi denomination. The vineyards lying within the Chianti Classico appellation are in the highest area of Fèlsina while those in the Chianti Colli Senesi are lower down (407-330 meters above sea level). With a southwestern exposure, the grapes are influenced by diverse soil compositions: on the Chianti Classico side the soil is stony and calcareous; on the Crete Senesi side the soil is sandy, loamy and silty with pebbles and marine sedim