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2013 Borgogno Dolcetto d'Alba 

Piedmont, Italy

Retail $20-$23

The Borgogno family began producing wines on their Piedmont estate in 1761. The estate was acquired by the Farinetti family eight years ago and continues to produce complex wines expressing the region's terroir as they've updated the winery with modern equipment and viticultural practices. The region is known for the Nebbiolo varietals barolo and barbaresco, but dolcetto- and barbera-based wines are generally very good and more approachable sooner. For this wine, grapes were harvested from 40- to 50-year-old vines planted in sandy, calcareous, gravelly soils at more than 1,300 feet above sea level. The wine underwent natural fermentation and skin contact for more than a week in cool, temperature-controlled tanks. After bottling, it matured in the cellar for more than a year before release. In the glass, its bouquet features dark berries, savory aromas and hints of licorice and spice. On the palate, taste blackberry, black cherry, cranberry, herbal notes, firm tannins and a hint of bitter almonds on the dry finish. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with antipasti, pizza, lasagna, cannelloni and meaty dishes with Italian sauces. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Company and The Wine Seller. Drink it at: Emeril's New Orleans, Coquette and Compere Lapin.

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