The limestone soils from Monferrato show in this fun take on Barbera. A bit of Friesa is added for raw brightness. Easy drinking yet with gobs of Italian character. Nice plum and pepper show through nicely. No oaking.
Starda Paitin Nebbiolo $15.00
We love Neb but finding affordable ones are always a challenge. This guy is a little young still but shows garnet ruby color, with intense aromas of black currant, violets, cherries and sweet spices. Classic bright acidity with structure, finesse and balance. The Italian fat melter!
Renato Ratti Barbera $16.00
This refreshing little gem is one that youíll remember. Bright cranberry and red cherry flavors, brisk acidity, negligible oak. Just a touch of spice and herbs on the finish. It truly awakens with food, one of Piedmontís red gems.
A fairly unusual style from a very reputable producer. Very restrained and drinkable, with just the faintest hints of black cherry, tar, smoke and leather with the typical (if a bit softer) rose petal. Clean and easy finish with flavors of licorice, plum and violets.
Tintero Moscato $16.00
Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible.
Fizz 56 $17.00
Possibly the most beautiful ruby red color youíll ever see in a glass. This is the red counter to Astiís Moscato showing intense rose petal and candied cherry aromas. Big, sweet flavors of cherry supported with raspberry and strawberry notes. A fun and irresistibly delicious treat.
Located on the family vineyards in the Monforte díAlba commune, this 100% Dolcetto is a beautiful expression of what this grape can do. With leather, cherry, raspberry and tobacco accents, and a little acidity that goes a long way, itís really hard to not drink a second bottle. This gem will go with our sopressata on a platter, or any sharp hard cheese.
Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso $18.00
A really fun and unique wine. The bouquet is full and fruity, with hints of crisp dried flowers, dried plum and red fruit jam. The light spicy notes are just delicately noticed. The wine is full-bodied, very drinkable, and well balanced. It's best with a light chill, drinks like a bright Beaujolais.
Negro Angelin $19.00
Just when I think we have enough Nebbiolo comes this new style. Classic fresh bouquet with hints of rose, leather, blackberry and blackcurrant. Drinkable but quite structured as well. I would love to see it in 5 years but I can't stop drinking it now.
Yes, Barbaresco Nebbiolo done in the Champagne method with time on the lees and 2nd ferment in bottle. A nose of intense raspberry, citrus fruits with the tell-tale hint of wilted roses. Its very lively on the palate with a soft, clean aftertaste and a slightly tannic finish.
Classic voluptuous nose of everything neb. Roses. Hyacinth. Leather. Cocoa. Black tea. Tar. Spice. Still pretty lean and grippy. But quite drinkable with a little fat.
Grappa like no other! Perfectly infused and nuanced by chamomile, this is slightly sweeter than most grappa and so smooth! Crafted by the the Francoli family who've been making grappa for 5 generations. Drink this over ice with a splash of soda or at the end of a wonderful meal.
Rivetto Zio Nando Barbera $36.00
Take the flight list Barbera and multiply the tastes by about a thousand, throw in 70 year old vines and two years aging in small oak barrels and the result. in the tastings notes of our Executive Sommelier just one word. Awesome!
Guido Porro Barolo $48.00
Don't recognize the label? Guido makes beautiful wine but shies from the limelight or even the daylight. Rugged vineyards in Serralunga are where you'll find him, not at festivals or tastings. Lazzairasco is a south facing amphitheater producing dense, powerful ripe fruit with the classic leather, roses and pekoe tea character. Classic styling but drinkable now, although just.
I'm sorry. 65 year old vines, remarkable vintage, and already drinkable. This single-vineyard gem is hedonistic addiction in a bottle. Don't even try to explain what Barolo does to those not in the know, just keep this one to yourself. All it needs is some animal fat in flesh or cheese format and the tears will flow.