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2008 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Colonnello
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(from vines averaging 40 to 45 years of age):  Good red-ruby.  Enticing perfume of cassis, black cherry, sage, eucalyptus and pungent minerality.  Rich, suave, deep and juicy, in the firm, vibrant style of the year.  Youthfully tight, but the long, floral finish suggests that this will be a beauty with several years of bottle aging.  From the last piece of Bussia before the village of Barolo.  The sandy, manganese-rich soil typically yields a more feminine style.  This reminded me a bit of a 2005.

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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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