Valtellina - where Nebbiolo means the mountains
3 Sep 2007 by Guest contributor
Paul Howard on reports on Lombardy's most glorious red wine region. See also his tasting notes . A couple of years ago a glass of red wine slid before me was accompanied by the dreaded question, 'What's this?' On first inspection there was a floral perfume, high acidity, cherry fruit, tar and tannin with a slightly bitter finish. 'Italian?' , I ventured. My friend's expression said I was right but that my answer was neither revelatory nor adequate. 'Go on...' A closer second look; the wine had an orange rim and smelled of roses while the palate showed violets, sour cherries and tar. A tannic...

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