($155) Very deep ruby-red. Very pure but reticent aroma of dark cherry, roast coffee and licorice, with a suggestion of dried fruits. Broad, fat and superrich, but less showy today than Le Vigne. One senses the hot year here (this one has a pH of 3.68, compared to 3.55 for Le Vigne, according to Sandrone). But this huge, classically dry wine gained considerably in sweetness with aeration, finishing with major tannins that dust the teeth and gums.
Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry
Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap
and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern
style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines;
sweet wines and dessert wines. Read More »
Nebbiolo based wines made outside the Langhe hills are often lost in the commotion over Barolo and Barbaresco. The provinces of Vercelli and Novarra in the northern reaches of the Piedmont area are home to wines like Carema, Ghemme, and Gattinara. The latter two wines are mostly Nebbiolo, which as traditionally been blended with... Read More »
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