These bottles are, in fact, Barbaresco, and are described by Wasserman as "made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the Barbaresco Zone". The Roman emperor Pertinax was born in Alba; when the market for Barbaresco (and Barolo) was not good in the 1960's, Pertinax (or Pertinace) made an appearance on some labels in an attempt to boost sales. Pertinace carries on as the name in Barbaresco of a small wine growers coop.
Pertinax was one of the shortest reigning emperors, lasting for just 3 months in the year 192 before he was assassinated. His namesake wine is very good!
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