2008 Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barolo

Hello friends. This one is a long time coming, and I’m glad we’re able to sneak in under the wire and get it turned around in time for the holidays:

Your eyes do not deceive you. I know how rare it is to see Barolo under $40, let alone $30. This is a real end-of-year treat for our list members.

Here’s how it happened. Back in early September, I tasted a sample bottle that had been air-freighted from the Piedmont. I loved the wine, and we were offered an outstanding tariff if a) we pre-committed to a large chunk; and b) we were able to stomach the fact that it would be 3+ months before the wine would arrive. Fortunately, if Full Pull is nothing else, it is certainly a delayed gratification model. Our list members are patient, and the Full Pull team is patient, and sometimes that patience yields delicious rewards.

Corsini has traditionally had three Barolos, which generally fall in the $40-$50 range. I believe 2008 is the first time they’ve released this entry-level DOCG Barolo. We have a hold on the majority of the parcel that just landed in Seattle, and the remainder will likely get scattered among a handful of accounts. Value Barolo is such a mythical creature (unicorn? yeti?) that I suspect the entire parcel will disappear quickly.

This has good/typical Nebbiolo aromas of black cherry and black tea, with streaks of tar and roses. Like most Barolo, it broods for awhile in the glass, keeping things close to the vest. In the mouth, there is plenty of ripe fruit, balanced by cooling mineral/tarry notes and bright blood orange acids. At this price you’d expect rustic tannins, but these are fine-grained, refined, all wonderful leafy chew. I’ll finish with the first line of my tasting note, which reads “honest Barolo at a crazy tag.” That’s the story in a nutshell.

It’s tough to beat Barolo as a winter food wine, and to find a good one at this tariff is rare indeed. Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive on Wednesday, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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