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2011 Fratelli Brovia Dolcetto d'Alba Vignavillej
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(bottled four days before my visit; done entirely in stainless steel):  Very ripe black fruits and violet on the nose.  A big, smooth mouthful of dark fruit and floral flavors, with just enough soft acidity and light tannins to maintain its shape.  Large-scaled for this bottling, as it includes the fruit that goes into the Solatio bottling in the best dolcetto vintages.  This is 14.1% alcohol.

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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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Dolcetto

With Barbera, Dolcetto is one of the two "everyday" wines of the Piedmont region in Italy. While the most favorable growing sites here are reserved for Barolo and Barbaresco, winemakers plant Dolcetto widely where the temperamental Nebbiolo grape doesn't thrive. As Dolcetto is not made to age, but rather intended for more immediate consumption...
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