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1999 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili (in magnum)
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2002

($119; three separate episodes of hail cut production in Barbaresco in '99; Giacosa sold off his Rabaja grapes rather than bottling this cru) Good medium red. Musky aromas of currant, minerals and dried flowers. Plump, sweet and front-loaded, with plenty of fruit on entry but only average depth of flavor in the middle. Finishes with slightly drying tannins.

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Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo based wines made outside the Langhe hills are often lost in the commotion over Barolo and Barbaresco. The provinces of Vercelli and Novarra in the northern reaches of the Piedmont area are home to wines like Carema, Ghemme, and Gattinara. The latter two wines are mostly Nebbiolo, which as traditionally been blended with...
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