2010 Antonio Sasa Barbaresco “Jazz”

Hello friends. We have a terrific tariff today on a Barbaresco that normally retails in the $[WITHHELD]s, from a beautiful vintage in the Piedmont:

Antonio Sasa runs Enoteca Pontevecchio in Florence. At his Enoteca, he sells regional wines from all over Italy, but he also has a private label program, where he collaborates with some of his best winery partners to produce bottles under his own label, in conjunction with the outstanding oenologist Paolo Caciorgna.

Sound familiar? It’s like the Italian Full Pull & Friends. The difference, I guess, is that we’re not (yet!) exporting any FP&F bottles to Italy, but Tony has begun exporting his private labels to the US.

It was a member of our vast network of wine spies (thanks George!) who first alerted us to the fact that a new Seattle importer had popped up and brought in a few containers of Sasa private label wine. It’s never easy getting a new import project off the ground, and so that importer (Boutique Imports) is offering us outstanding, discounted pricing to start building the Sasa brand here in the Pac-NW.

We recently tasted through a lineup of about a dozen of their wines. There wasn’t a dud in the lineup, each one true to its region and variety. Several of them were way above average, and then there were a few out-and-out cherries, beginning with this Barbaresco.

Its normal retail price is going to be $[WITHHELD] (still a good deal for Barbaresco!), but at $[WITHHELD], I’m hoping we can get this bottle into a lot more hands, because it is a real beauty. It begins as a good Barbaresco must: with haunting, evocative aromatics. The tar and roses typical of Nebbiolo from this part of the world are in good supply (more roses than tar actually), along with lovely mentholated topnotes and ripe red strawberry. Something about that combination (strawberries and mint and roses) made this seem very summery to me. In the mouth, it blends soaring high-toned fruit with the good earthy chew that we expect from Barbaresco. Powerful, polished, and intense, this is just a classic Barbaresco from a classic vintage, and to be able to access all that at a tariff in the $20s is a rare treat indeed.

First come first served up to 24 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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