Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Cru Gattera 2006
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Deep garnet red with a hot, mature bouquet and notes of violets and sweets, raspberries, licorice, cherries in liqueur. Soft on the palate with remarkable structure and delicate, persistent tannins.
Wine Enthusiast - "Here's a truly astonishing Barolo (from the Bricco Gattera cru) that epitomizes the "big boy" style that represents one of two dominant winemaking philosophies in the Langhe. This is an exuberant wine with thickly extracted notes of coffee bean, blackberry, leather and savory layers of black pepper. The wine is rich, smooth and velvety and will appeal less to Nebbiolo traditionalists."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Barolo Bricco Gattera is a fabulous, powerful wine. Wild cherries, plums, licorice, violets and minerals are some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from this dark, sexy Barolo. The freshness and verve provide a wonderful foil to the exuberant fruit, while the bouquet is wonderfully expressive and detailed. With time in the glass, the wine’s sheer muscle becomes more and more apparent. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2031."
International Wine Cellar - "Deep red. Deeply pitched aromas of plum, strawberry, chestnut, menthol and dried flowers. Then sweet in the mouth but showing more obvious structure and verve today than the Monfalletto. Conveys a stronger acid impression and finishes with serious, building tannins. In spite of this wine's concentration, Cordero views it as "fruity in an international way," which is probably not a bad thing for a producer whose wines have sometimes been a bit too traditional for modern-day drinkers.
90-93 points. "
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Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.