Hello friends. v12 of the Eliminator is a small version – just three wines – and entirely Barbaresco focused. Lovers of ethereal Nebbiolo, rejoice!
A reminder: Eliminator offers work a little differently than our norm. These will be first-come first-served, and the upper order limits will be the number of extra bottles in the warehouse. So, if we have 15 bottles left, and you want all 15, and you’re the first to jump in, they’re yours. This gives slight advantage to longer-term list members. Our offers are throttled, and it takes about two hours to send offers to the entire list. So list old-timers do get a (small) head start.
Let’s dive in.
We’ve offered every Tintero Barbaresco ever made (it began with the 2008 vintage; this is our fifth in a row), 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 more often seen for Langhe Nebbiolos, is a fine value indeed. We’re still the best price nationally by a few dollars, and we have 90 bottles remaining.
Well-priced Barbaresco from a producer exported regularly to northern Europe, but very rarely to the US. From a gorgeous vintage too. And I’ll stop there, since we have a mere 30 bottles remaining, and this one comes with a nice review attached. Wine Enthusiast (Kerin O’Keefe): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”
This too comes with a shiny review. Wine Advocate (Monica Larner): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
So much to like here. The $17 drop from the $57 release price. Larner’s drinking window, which puts us in early peak territory. And access to a classic vintage from an old-school producer. This drinks as close to traditional Barbaresco as anything I’ve had in a while. The imposing structure (bright acidity and wonderful toothsome tannin). The insistent leafiness. The complex, evolving mix of tar and roses and menthol. If you’re against modernity and over-polishing in the Piedmont, this is the wine for you. 84 bottles available.
All three wines are in the warehouse and available for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.