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2010 Aldo Conterno Nebbiolo Il Favot Langhe
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(from Barolo vines less than 20 years of age; aged for 15 months in new barriques):  Moderately deep medium red.  Floral red cherry, spicy oak and an ineffable whiff of orange peel on the polite, pure nose.  Clean and tightly wound, showing excellent cut to the pretty flavors of crushed red cherry, raspberry and flowers.  The wine's tight finish calls for a year or two of patience.  I find this far more successful than the 2008 version, which was more dominated by its oak.  Conterno noted that increasingly popular young nebbiolo bottlings, especially those aged in stainless steel, are cannibalizing barbera sales in restaurants, both in Italy and in export markets.

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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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