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La Loggia Barbera D’Alba 2009

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I wanted to grab a bottle of ballsy Italian red and noticed this on the shelf at Trader Joe’s for $7 (I think). I was a bit suspicious of the bottle’s claim that it goes well with seafood, but decided to forge ahead nonetheless.

We opened this bottle with a very basic pasta dish, and I was a bit worried at first – the cork was very moist, and the nose was a bit acidic. The first taste, however, revealed that my concerns were unfounded. The wine is young, bold, and jammy with a strong note of raspberry and a pleasingly long finish. It was great with pasta and would go well with red meat as well, and I can even see, with it’s strong flavor but relatively light body, how it could pair well with heartier seafood dishes. This is a nice, versatile wine that recalls some of the better sangioveses I’ve had and will definitely look for again. 88 points.