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

Bright red-ruby.  Cassis, blackberry, violet and sweet oak on the nose.  Sweet, juicy and imploded, with terrific verve to the urgent flavors of dark berries and bitter chocolate.  Elegant, penetrating and strong, with the cut and verve to support a long and graceful evolution in bottle.  Finishes with oustanding lift.  "For us, the best time to drink wines is between 10 and 15 years after the vintage, whether Barolo, Burgundy or even Champagne," noted Giacomo Conterno.  "At that stage they have all the elements:  fruit, acidity, tertiary character, all the characteristics of the soil.  After 20 years, nearly all wines are dominated by their tertiary character."

96 Points | Wine Spectator
96 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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