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Castel San Giorgio Barbera "Becco Giallo" 2001, D.O.C. Oltrepo Pavese. **HERITAGE WINE**

Colour: deep, intense, dark red with a touch of browning in the rim..
Nose: intense, concentrated, deep, elegant and complex with a wealth of fruit (cherries), balsamic nuances, some spice (pepper), nice integrated vanilla, freshness and sweetness of ripe grapes. Beautiful nose with great balance.
Taste: concentrated, intense, complex, with both warmth and freshness, ample piquant, but ripe tannins, obvious wood, a sweet core of many fruit nuances (cherries), some pepper, a touch of cacao. Excellent balance, more elegant than full-bodied.
Finish: long, concentrated, very fresh, with a lot of spicy nuances, earthiness, many ripe tannins, vanilla and tobacco.

* Beautiful expression of the Barbera grape: refreshing, intense, elegant, intensely fruity, spicy, a touch of piquancy, complex and concentrated. Well judged use of oak adds an extra rich and spicy dimension to this excellent wine.

- Drinking very well at this moment, will probably keep until 2006, I doubt it will improve much with age.

- This is how Barbera's can be: a unique combination of beautiful fruit, freshness and tannin structure. Too many times this grape is over cropped and situated in unfit vineyards yielding thin, acid, scrapey and harsh wines with little colour. The use of oak is obvious but perfectly matches the other characteristics of the wine. A number of other red wines from this producer are also very well made. Clean, fruity and well balanced. A serious and capable producer.  The Castel San Giorgio is the premium range, the Podere San Giorgio is the regular quality of this producer.

- lotnr.: L 02

- tasted: 01-10-’04

- estimated retail price ca. 10 euro

- average production: ca.  bottles

- Azienda Agricola San Giorgio, Mrs. Elena Perdomini, LocalitÓ Castello, 1 - 27046 Santa Giuletta (PV), tel.: + 39-0383-899168 /  fax.: + 39-0383-899165 / e-mail: info@poderesangiorgio.it / web site: www.poderesangiorgio.it