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2009 La Spinetta/Giorgio Rivetti Barolo Vigneto Garretti
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

Moderately saturated medium red.  Raspberry and plum aromas are complemented by earth, tobacco and meat, along with a slightly rustic leather nuance.  Ripe, sweet and plummy but a bit funky and dry following the 2010 Barbaresco Valeirano, with the leathery note carrying through on the palate.  Slightly dry tannins cut off the wine's fruit today.  Not particularly primary--or is this in an awkward stage today?

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Italy

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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