Review: 2012 Veglio Michelino & Figlia Barbera d’Alba and Dolcetto d’Alba

viglio Low Histamine Dolcetto d'Alba bottleHere’s something you don’t see every day: Italian wines with reduced histamines. Why histamines? Some say these are responsible for “red wine headaches?”

How does a wine turn out with its histamines taken away? Let’s take a look.

2012 Veglio Michelino & Figlia Barbera d’Alba DOC – Slightly sweet, atypical of barbera, with notes of blackcurrant jam and a touch of vanilla and chocolate. Silky on the body, but that sweetness lingers too long for a wine of this style. B- / $20

2012 Veglio Michelino & Figlia Dolcetto d’Alba DOC – Somewhat more herbal, with a modest bitterness clinging to a gentle, plum-focused core. Relatively thin, and a little watery on the finish. Fair but not really distinguished in any way. B- / $20

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