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Adriano Marco E Vittorio Barbaresco Basarin 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Sweet strawberry, cherry and currant fruit weaves throughout this elegant, intense Barbaresco. The structure is assertive, yet this...
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Ascheri Barolo Docg 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - Licorice, cherry and tar notes mark this intense, chewy red, packed with sweet fruit midpalate that offsets the dense, dusty tannins....
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Ascheri Barolo Sorano 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - A tight and pretty red with plum and mineral aromas and flavors. Hints of stone and chalk. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish....
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Beni Di Batasiolo Barolo 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - A silky Barolo with plenty of plum, cedar and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, caressing mouthfeel and a delicious finish. Drink...
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Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2012 1.5Ltr

Rated 97 - A young wine that builds on the palate with plums, spices, cedar and hints of chocolate. Turns to hazelnuts. Full to medium body, but...
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Ceretto Barbaresco Bernardot Bricco Asili 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Very bright and aromatic with cherry, flower and mineral character. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. There's a clarity and...
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Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Very bright and aromatic with cherry, flower and mineral character. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. There's a clarity and...
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Ceretto Barolo 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - A beautiful example of the luscious 2012 vintage for Barolo. Shows dried strawberry, light chocolate, toffee and nut aromas and flavors....
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Damilano Barolo Cerequio 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Aromatic and spicy, this elegant red delivers cherry, leather and tobacco flavors shaded by vanilla and licorice accents. The tannins...
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Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2012 375ml

Rated 93 - Very clean and bright aromas of crushed berries, chocolate and spices, yet this is subtle and pretty. Full body, firm and silky tannins...
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Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Very clean and bright aromas of crushed berries, chocolate and spices, yet this is subtle and pretty. Full body, firm and silky tannins...
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Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera 2012 750ml

Rated 96 - The 2012 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is one of the most beautiful, precise wines of the vintage. Finely cut and chiseled, the Gavarini...

2012 Italy Nebbiolo Piedmont

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

The Nebbiolo grape varietal is widely understood to be the fruit responsible for Italy's finest aged wines. However, its popularity and reliability as a grape which gives out outstanding flavors and aromas has led it to be planted in many countries around the world, with much success. These purple grapes are distinguishable by the fact that they take on a milky dust as they begin to reach maturity, leading many to claim that this is the reason for their unusual name, which means 'fog' in Italian. Nebbiolo grapes produce wines which have a wide range of beautiful and fascinating flavors, the most common of which are rich, dark and complex, such as violet, truffle, tobacco and prunes. They are generally aged for many years to balance out their characteristics, as their natural tannin levels tend to be very high.

Situated in the north-western part of Italy, the region of Piedmont is known worldwide and is highly respected for the quality of the wines produced there. Many of the most successful sub-regions in Piedmont produce many of the world's finest red wines, such as those made from the excellent Nebbiolo grape varietal in areas such as Barolo and Barbaresco. However, the historic wineries which typify this region use a relatively wide variety of grapes, including Dolcetto and Barbera for their red wines, which are typically aged and have a delightful velvety character. Piedmont isn't all about beautifully complex red wines, though, as it is also famed for high quality, elegant sparkling wines, notably the Asti wines made with the white Moscato grape. The region benefits from a range of terroirs which are often well expressed in the sparkling wines, and a wonderfully consistent climate ideal for vineyard cultivation.