Good deep red. Wild, smoky aromas of superripe red fruits, dark chocolate and game, with a suggestion of tropical fruits. Big, broad, fine-grained and sweet, delivering the fleshiness and size of the better 2007s. I wanted more high notes but the slowly mounting, powerful finish, featuring serious but fully ripe tannins, lingers impressively with notes of smoke, tar, mocha and minerals.
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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