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Wine Searcher: Italy generally had a very good year with both Piedmont and Tuscany producing very nice wines, although Tuscany was slightly more inconsistent.

Piedmont:
WS: Drink or Hold – Barolos are elegant, balanced and expressive, with fruit and savory elements; elegant, intense, even austere Barbarescos.
JR: A dry autumn allowed a delayed harvest. The best wines show acidic nerve, balance and freshness. Overall a light vintage but with several excellent wines on the top level.

Tuscany/Chianti:
WS: Drink or Hold – Firmly structured wines that are rich yet elegant.
JR: In spite of the intense heat, 2012 resulted in medium-bodied, fresh and at times rather light wines, arguably a welcome change from the heavy and sometimes alcoholic 2011s.

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