What caught my eye about this particular bottle was its beautiful art work on the label. I'm a sucker for good looking bottles, and damn, this one worked pretty well, the museumish artish kinda person that I am.

It features a family perhaps...debating? Squabbling? Check out the dame (that's right, dame!) on the far right with arms in the air, and the other fellow gesturing to the right...something's up! Oh well, hopefully they're just arguing about what to eat for dinner.

What they weren't debating was what wine to have...THIS ONE THIS ONE THIS ONE!!!

I've dubbed this one, "the perfect medium." Everything about this wine was just superb, and was a delight in almost every way imagineable: the art work, nose, taste, aftertaste.

Let's to it right away. Frankly I can't even recall if this was corked or not, but upon opening and pouring, it is a dark reddish/blackberry, almost a dark purple when held up to the light.

The nose is fragrant and offers notes of cherry and plum, and almost has a "wild" sense to it. It is lightish and not too strong, but is very inviting! Drink you, you say!? By George, I shall!!!!

Ah now prepare to transport yourself to Bliss! This Italian vino has a nice bite of flavour, is lightish to medium bodied, dark-fruit forward, and very flavourful. Fairly smooth, it is easy to drink with a slight dryness, and was even a little sweet (methinks the fruit was at work in this supposed "little sweet" bit). Words can't aptly describe but DAMN it was just SO VERY good!!!

The aftertaste retains its fruit (to an extent, it is the aftertaste after all!), but does not offend with any bitterness or other...nasty...aftertasting...type...deals.

SIGH! To be honest, I'm a little disappointed about the notes I took for this wine; the tasting notes don't mention any particular fruit flavours, and the aftertaste note is one sentence long!!! I suppose this goes to show how much I enjoyed this: I was more interested in drinking it than writing about it!!!

Honestly though, this was one of the most enjoyable wine's I've ever had, and that's saying a lot!! It had the perfect mix of acidity, taste, and dryness, and was balanced to perfection. A truly vibrant red, this one almost didn't get the following rating, but after reflecting, I thought, "Why shouldn't it get this rating." Buy it, you'll love it.

**** out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$13.95 (US$13.77).

From LCBO.com:

GIORDANO MAESTRI ITALIANI BARBERA D'ASTI 2007, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #159491
Wine, Red Wine
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: XD
Made in: Italy
By: F. Giordano S.P.A.

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