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WINE OF THE WEEK

2001 Sori' Paitin Barbaresco

June 22, 2005|S. Irene Virbila

A beautiful Barbaresco from Azienda Agricola Paitin, an estate whose history dates back to the 18th century. 2001 was an exceptionally fine vintage in Piedmont, making this Sori' Paitin a tremendous bargain for a Barbaresco of this quality. It has that haunting aroma of cherries and violets, a typical silkiness and more dark cherries with a touch of smoke and anise in the mouth. Delicious now, it can only get better if you give it time to grow into itself.

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Quick swirl

Region: Piedmont

Price: $36

Style: Classic

Food it goes with: Beef braised in Barbaresco, roasted pork loin, leg of lamb or duck; grilled lamb chops or duck breast.

Where you find it: Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463; Moe's Fine Wine in Brentwood, (310) 826-4444; Twenty Twenty Wine Co. in Los Angeles, (310) 447-2020; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX.

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