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2010 Aldo Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador Langhe

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

(chardonnay; 100% fermented and aged in oak):  Pineapple, butterscotch and vanilla on the musky nose.  Juicy, spicy and firm, with an element of resiny oak and refreshing acidity.  A polite, clean chardonnay with a firm, spicy finish.  Giacomo Conterno described 2010 as "a classic, fresh year for chardonnay," adding that brother Stefano did a lot of batonnage, stirring the lees every two weeks.  This should evolve gracefully over the next five to eight years.

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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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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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