Italy has the world's greatest wealth of indigenous grape varieties so some will cringe when they see them mingling with so-called international grapes.
The excellent Piedmontese winery Prunotto makes the only Barbera / Syrah blend that I've encountered thus far and the results are compelling. These two grapes together really seem to compliment each other with neither getting in the others way. Red fruits are in abundance here along with a delicate spiciness and lavender tones. Everything is held together by fresh acidity and a slight minerality.
We took advantage of an excellent deal where we're able to sell 'Mompertone' for ten dollars cheaper than what it's being sold for elsewhere online. We love being able to pass these savings onto you:
90 Points Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Prunotto's Monferrato Mompertone, an unusual Barbera/Syrah blend, has been terrific since its first vintage, and the 2011 is no exception. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, tobacco, tar and lavender meld together in an imposing yet impeccably balanced, harmonious wine loaded with personality. Today the 2011 is still quite primary, but it will develop further complexity with time in the bottle. Best of all, the 2011 is a fabulous value."
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