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2008 Vietti Nebbiolo d'Alba Perbacco
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Moderately deep medium red.  Lovely earthy perfume of cherry, leather, smoke, rose petal and minerals, with an exotic whiff of peach.  At once sweet and bright, with vibrant acidity giving shape and precision to the dense earth, saline and floral flavors.  Finishes with firm tannins, lovely lift and verve, and noteworthy length.  Perbacco means "wow" or "surprise" in the local dialect.  This 100%-nebbiolo bottling includes fruit from numerous Barolo crus; in fact, much of this juice used to go into Vietti's entry-level Barolo Castiglione.

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