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  CrownCap (Italy) Barbera 2000
lovely deep garnet/crimson colour. The nose is just sumptuous; a melange of spices, woodsmoke, damson and summer fruit compote berries. On the palate there's classic Barbera tart cherry fruit and acidity, that smoky, deep, earthy underpinning and warming tannins adding some bite to the finish. Medium-bodied and refined, this is a lovely wine whatever way you look at it, nicely proving the point that the CrownCap system is much more than a gimmick. A bonus is that a perfect little silicon stopper can be detached from the crowncap once opened, which reseals the bottle for overnight storage if required. I did just this, and by the second night the wine was even darker and more voluptuous. Bravo Mr Woodhouse! (04/02) www.robinwoodhouse.com.