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2008 Conterno Fantino Nebbiolo delle Langhe Ginestrino
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March 2010

($39) Deep, saturated red. Spicy red cherry and forest floor aromas, plus a hint of tar. Sweet on entry, with nicely balanced dark chocolate, black plum, and tar flavors. Then big and broad on the back end, finishing with peppery but smooth tannins and a menthol edge. A fleshy, impressive, more herbal-spicy style of nebbiolo that was aged about ten months in twice-used small French oak barrels. (Empson U.S.A. Alexandria VA)

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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.
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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...
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