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2011 Renato Ratti Nebbiolo d'Alba Ochetti

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(this wine is labeled Ochetti Nebbiolo d'Alba in Italy; from sandy soil in the Roero area):  Good bright, deep red.  In a distinctly powerful, slightly warm style, offering highly aromatic scents of blueberry, blackberry, licorice and leather.  Concentrated and serious, with sound acidity giving shape to the dark berry and spice flavors.  Quite primary and firmly tannic now but not hard.  This can be enjoyed young or held.  Ratti picked these vines a week before his nebbiolo in Barolo, noting that the Ochetti is clearly not a declassified Barolo.  Like some other nebbiolo bottlings from the Langhe, the Ochetti is becoming increasingly popular in U.S. restaurants.

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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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