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Wine of the Week


Piedmont's scenic Langhe Hills near Alba have been home to the winemaking Colla family since 1703. The current generation produced this high-quality wine from grapes rooted in hillsides high above sea level in the Roncaglie vineyards. Of the two neighboring villages that bear the names of Piedmon's most renowned wines, Barbaresco is considered more approachable and frequently more affordable than Barolo. Made from 100 percent Nebbiolo grapes, the Roncaglie is aged 12 to 14 months in oak. Floral scented with a dried-rose petal bouquet and cherry, chocolate and earth aromas, the concentrated wine shows complexity, fine balance and flavorful dark plum, black cherry and spice notes. Well-integrated, yet forward, chewy tannins lead up to a big finish. To drink now, decanting is a must, but the wine will repay patience if cellared over the next five to 10 years. Good with veal dishes, pizza and pasta and sauce. Where to buy it: Cork & Bottle and Swirl Wine on Ponce de Leon Street. Where to drink it: Andrea's. (Listings current at press time.)

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