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2003 Fratelli Brovia Barbera d'Alba Brea
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87-89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2004

(from a plot next to the Brovias' Ca' Mia holding; done partly in barriques, none new) Bright, saturated ruby. Superripe, somewhat porty aromas of black cherry and chocolate. Big, sweet, rich and unrefined. A major mouthful of barbera fruit.

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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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Barbera

Piedmont may be famous for its Nebbiolo-based wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, but the inhabitants of this region in Northwest Italy don't drink these big, tannic wines on an everyday basis. When it comes to a weekday dinner's accompaniment, they usually turn to Barbera (when not drinking the other everyday wine of the region, Dolcetto.) With this in mind, it's no surprise that...
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