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2008 Paitin Ca Veja Nebbiolo d'Alba 

Piedmont, Italy / $20 Retail

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The Nebbiolo grape is renowned for northern Italy's Barolo and Barbaresco regions' age-worthy garnet wines. It also is used to produce a more approachable, slightly lighter style of wine in the southeastern Piedmont, which is generally less expensive. This wine exudes intense aromas of black cherry, leather, anise and sweet spice. On the palate, taste complex flavors of red currants and herbal and mineral notes with bright acidity and moderate tannins. Decant several hours before serving. It is ready to drink now, but it will improve with cellaring. Pair it with veal dishes, grilled eggplant, wild mushrooms, risotto, pizza, pasta with meaty sauces, and aged cheeses. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle. Drink it at: Ristorante del Porto and Obelisk Wine Bar and Art Gallery. — Brenda Maitland


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