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Often used in DOC/DOCG wines, meaning it has been aged extra long (and often has a higher alcohol level than a regular bottle). To qualify as a Reserva, a DOC wine must be aged at least two extra years; a DOCG must be aged an extra three to five years.

It's also seen, with fewer restrictions, on the labels of balsamic vinegars.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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