($23) Bright medium-deep red. Clean aromas of floral red berries and botanical herbs, with a somewhat intrusive cedar nuance emerging with aeration. Nicely concentrated flavors of red cherry, raspberry and licorice are supported by good acids but the building mouthcoating tannins are slightly astringent. A very serious wine that needs time, but I wonder if the fruit will outlive the tannins. Made from 15-year-old vines, this could well be a Barbaresco for many other less quality-oriented producers.
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;
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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... Read More »
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