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2011 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(aged for one year in oak and bottled in December of 2012):  Medium red.  Enticing candied perfume to the high-toned aromas of cherry liqueur and orange zest.  Fine-grained, sexy and elegant, with penetrating but harmonious acidity giving the wine excellent cut and drawing out its back end.  With its serious tannic clout this is hardly an easy-drinking nebbiolo, but it fills the retronasal passages with rose and licorice.  Francesco Versio says that 2011 produced warm wines and that this bottling will be ready early.

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Nebbiolo

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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