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2012 Palmina Dolcetto Santa Barbara County

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

Vivid ruby.  Vibrant raspberry and candied cherry on the nose, with appealing spiciness and a hint of smoked meat.  Energetic and focused, offering tight red berry flavors and a touch of anise that builds with air.  Finishes with very good focus and persistence, leaving peppery spice and smoke notes behind.

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Dolcetto

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