Ok, who buys 10-year old Barbera, a magnum no less, for the princely sum of $136? Crazy Joe, of course! (Thanks Barry)
Not sure what I was going to get when I opened this, but the 1998 Coppo Barbera D'Asti "Pomorosso" was NOT what I had expected. Complex and interesting on the nose - new leather, smokey white pepper, and spicy oak, vanilla and tobacco, green nuts and black cherries. But astonishingly fresh on the palate and showing no signs of age, with light, bing cherry fruit, copious acidity, and palate-pleasing tea bag tannins. Extremely well balanced, this terrific wine softened and opened up over the evening, and the fine acidity sliced through a meaty bison steak - that amazing acidity and ample fruit and tannin point to more time in the cellar (for the magnum).
cork. 13.5% alcohol
Price: C$136 (SAQ)
Overall, I never expected this to age so well, pair so well with bison, or have such a nice acidic backbone (keep tasting, keep tasting, keep tasting...)