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2005 Fratelli Brovia Barbera d'Alba Brea
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

($30) Good full, bright ruby-red. Deep, ripe aromas of chocolate, smoke and truffle. Fatter, sweeter and finer-grained than the Sori del Drago, with dark berry and chocolate flavors. This boasts good flesh and very firm acidity, with the barrique influence (50% of the wine was done in oak, none new) bringing some tannic support. Seriously structured barbera with plenty of energy. The Brovias use some oak aging to soften the acidity of this powerful barbera from Serralunga.

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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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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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