Clendenen 2005 Bricco Buon Natale Nebbiolo (Santa Maria Valley)

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Jim Clendenen is producing the greatest, most exciting Nebbiolos in California, and this wine, tasted at about eight years of age, is, in a word, fantastic. Major kudos to him for aging it this long before commercial release. Although there are still firm tannins, and Nebbiolo's acidity of course makes the wine highly strung to the point of tense, it is immensely drinkable now. You'll find waves of dried cherries, with hints of rose petal, tobacco, white pepper and exotic spices, especially cloves, wrapped into a texture as gently silky as a great Pinot Noir. Drink now–2020.

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