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[bottles]Palmina 2001 Nebbiolo Stolpman (Santa Ynez Valley) Ė One of the most tangible wines Iíve tasted in a long time, with a powder-on-velvet texture thatís absolutely captivating. The nose is explosive, showing blackberries and black cherries undercut by rich black earth, tarragon and skin-like qualities. Balanced, forceful, and beautiful right now, but it will most definitely age. As to the question of whether or not it tastes like nebbiolo: if the standard is Piedmont, it does not. But itís a terrific wine nonethelessÖone of the best reds Iíve had from California in a long, long time. (5/07)

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