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2009 Renato Ratti Nebbiolo d'Alba Ochetti
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(from sandy soil in the Roero hills; aged for one year in mostly 25-hectoliter barrels):  Medium red.  Musky red fruits, flowers, spices, menthol and a whiff of earth on the perfumed nose.  Very juicy, fresh nebbiolo with harmonious acidity; more open than the 2008 was at a similar stage.  A seriously good, bright nebbiolo bottling that finishes with a touch of minerality, firm tannins and captivating aromatic lift.  This can be enjoyed now or held.  Ratti has made this wine since 1969, purchasing the grapes from the same families over the entire period.

89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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