Hello friends. This was not today’s originally-scheduled blast, but we’ve been offered a great – and very time-limited – deal on a well-reviewed Barbaresco, so that’s forcing a calendar reshuffle. I suspect this deal is being presented to us because of all the support we’ve thrown to value Barbaresco in the past (especially Tintero). Regardless, it remains exceedingly rare to see sub-$25 Barbaresco, especially from a classic Piedmont vintage like 2010, so let’s not waste any time.
First, the logistics. We have to place our order tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, so please try to get order requests in by the end of the day. We might be able to build in a small buffer for late orders, but no guarantees.
Second, the review, which was just published in Wine Enthusiast’s year-end issue: Wine Enthusiast (Kerin O’Keefe): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”
This wine is kind of a ghost. It looks like it’s sold regularly in Italy and Poland and the Netherlands, but very rarely in the United States. I was able to grab a quick taste, so my notes aren’t the most extensive I’ve ever written. My impression was of a good honest Nebbiolo nose from a cooler year, with lots of chamomile and red cherry along with streaks of menthol and tar. The palate was full of earthy notes and tea leaves, and as usual with Nebbiolo, this will shine with a good meal much more so than as a cocktail wine. The structure seemed quite accessible for Nebbiolo, the tannins softer and more approachable than usual for this category. All that to say: this isn’t a wine you’d need to sit on for years and years; it brings plenty of pleasure, plenty of immediate gratification.
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.