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2004 Giovanni Manzone Barolo Bricat
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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

(from vines at the top of the hill; this bottling was previously called Bricat Le Gramolere) Good full red. Sexy, sweet aromas of redcurrant, strawberry, dried rose and nutty oak. Lovely acidity gives energy and vinosity to the flavors of strawberry, tobacco, marzipan and flowers. Perhaps best today on the firm, highly aromatic finish, which offers terrific cut and sappiness. A wonderfully vibrant wine that's more pristine than past vintages here. The best yet for this cuvee (Incidentally, there will also be a Gramolere Riserva from this vintage, but it won't be released until 2010.) (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers, including Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)

89 Points | Wine Spectator
93+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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 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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