Hello friends. For almost every wine we offer through Full Pull, we don’t purchase our parcel until it has already been offered and pre-sold. Almost. But there are wines where the wine is good enough and the deal is good enough that we roll the dice. Today is one of those days.
Three main reasons why pre-buying in this instance was pretty much a no-brainer:
We haven’t been able to offer this pricing on Tintero since the 2008 vintage. [TEXT WITHHELD].
We have a retail exclusive on this wine for western Washington. I know a few restaurants are planning to jump in (for them, it’s an almost unheard-of opportunity to put a Barbaresco on their glass-pour lists), but on the retail side, our list members have dibs.
We’ve offered every Tintero Barbaresco ever made (the 08, 09, 10, and now the 11), and I’m sure we’ve sold the majority of all the bottles of Tintero Barbaresco that ever made it into the US. Our list members know a good value when they see one, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that a Kermit Lynch-imported Barbaresco at a tariff oft-seen for Langhe Nebbiolos, is a fine value indeed.
The winery was founded when Pierre Tintero, a Frenchmen, moved to Piedmont in the early 1900s and married the widow Rosina Cortese, owner of a small estate near Mango (location here). Whether Tintero married under the aegis of Cupid or Bacchus is lost to the sands of time. Regardless, the estate with his name has lived on, and it’s now run by the third (Elvio) and fourth (Marco and Cinzi) generations.
Back when we accessed that inaugural 2008 vintage, here’s what the inveterately-knowledgeable Lyle Railsback (of Kermit Lynch Imports) had to say: Glad you got some and wish we had more to sell Seattle. Marco Tintero recently acquired this parcel in Barbaresco and had only 200 cases for us. The wine was so delicious and so cheap that we begged him for more. I visited his estate last year, he’s in the town of Mango on the ‘route de Moscato’. They’ve been farming organically since the 1940’s and make really typical, unmanipulated Piedmontese wines.
What is especially wonderful about this 2011 vintage is that it’s an immediate gratification play. While cool-vintage 2010s (including Tintero) remain impenetrable (if you’re sitting on those 2010s, give them plenty more time or a healthy decant), this 2011 is an unabashed charmer, giving up its wares without any hemming and hawing. The nose? Immediately expressive, right on pop and pour. And summery! Look for fresh summer strawberries and rose petals, leafy notes and minerals, all lifted by a mentholated top-note. In the mouth, this is richly-fruited, that fruit beautifully balanced by Nebbiolo’s signature bright acids and especially by the toothsome, ripe tannins. If the nose is summery, the palate tilts more towards autumnal character, with a leafiness evoking that season of crisp twilights and pots of bubbly braises. What an outrageously delicious vintage of Tintero!
Please limit order requests to 24 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.