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2010 Aldo Conterno Barbera d'Alba Conca Tre Pile
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(aged 14 months in new barriques and bottled in November of 2012):  Aromas of spicy caraway seed and coffee torrefaction, with a cherry element emerging with air.  Very rich and nicely delineated, with sappy flavors of medicinal cherry, minerals, licorice and leather accented by tart-edged (actually 6.8 grams per liter) acidity.  Some firm oak-driven tannins call for a bit of patience.  A very good vintage for this bottling, which the Conternos hold back for almost two years.  "The very low yield in 2010 made a huge difference," noted Conterno.

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