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1997 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 1999

Impressively deep ruby. Sappier but less expressive aromas of blackberry and violet. A blockbuster of a Dolcetto, with huge primary berry fruit and mouthfilling texture. Sweeter than Chionetti's San Luigi Dolcetto '97, but has good supporting acidity. Finishes with a wave of palate-dusting tannins. This is reportedly higher than the 14% printed on the label.

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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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