The fruit has started to fade into the background, allowing secondary flavors and aromas to come to the fore. Violets and licorice blend seamlessly with cherry, followed by licorice and a touch of tar on the mid-palate. The mouth-feel is full and tooth-coating. This is available on retailers’ bargain tables for as little as $15-20, and is well worth it.

WHO: Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo
WHAT: Nebbiolo
WHERE: Italy, Northern Piedmont, Ghemme
WHEN: 1997
HOW MUCH: $30


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