Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Aug. 27-Sept. 03, 2014: End of Summer Sale

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These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.

Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red Horse Heaven Hills 2010–$54.39 SAVE 20% (on sale through 09.03.14)
94 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2013
“Similarly colored, yet a step up in richness and depth, and certainly not aromatically challenged, the 2010 Champoux Vineyard is a superb blend of 42% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc and 26% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 21 months in barrel, it possesses gorgeous aromas of black raspberry, creme de cassis, dried flowers, spice box and a dusty pebble minerality on the nose. Medium-bodied, elegant and beautifully balanced, with fresh acidity and moderate tannin, it has upside and should round into form with another 2-3 years of bottle age and have over a decade or more of total longevity. Drink 2015-2022.” -Jeb Dunnuck
93(+?) Points – International Wine Cellar, November/December 2013
Good full, dark red. Exhilarating aromas of blackberry, cocoa powder and rose petal. Suave, silky and seamless, with ripe acidity and an element of medicinal reserve energizing the savory flavors of dark berries and lead pencil. Really wonderful flavor intensity here. The very long, sappy, slowly building finish and well-buffered tannins suggest that this wine will enjoy a long and graceful evolution in the bottle.” -Stephen Tanzer


Kimich Diedeshiemer Herrgottsacker Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2012 1L–$11.89 SAVE 15% (on sale through 09.03.14)
A liter under natural cork of the raciest, most energetic and appealingly mineralische Riesling imaginable. That unique Pfalzer character—-a fat, sunny, mouthfilling style—shines through in a completely dry yet ultra-ripe-fruited style. Seashells blasts out of the nose along with high toned citrus and orange oil. This vineyard site in our experience makes terrific dry wines with crazy high acids and tensile strength. Kimich’s interpretation is an absurd value in the liter bottle (33% more wine)! 12% alcohol. Limited production.


Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroirs de Chablis 2013–$22.94 SAVE 15% (on sale through 09.03.14)
For previous vintage 91 Points – International Wine Cellar, July/August 2013
“Bright pale yellow. Musky aromas of grapefruit, lavender and yellow rose. Densely packed, ripe and penetrating, with good cut and texture but also a saline umami quality to the flavors of grapefruit, lemon, pear and flowers. Finishes with very good salty mineral persistence. I enjoyed this terrific village wine with a yellowtail carpaccio.” -Stephen Tanzer


Barbet Chateau de Fleurie Fleurie Beaujolais 2011–$15.29 SAVE 15% (on sale through 09.03.14)
92+ Points – View From the Cellar, January/February 2013
“The 2011 Château de Fleurie had been bottled in September of 2012 and was absolutely singing when I tasted it in Beaune with Gregory Barbet in November. The wine is made with eighty percent carbonic maceration and is outstanding in this vintage, jumping from the glass in a beautiful aromatic blend of black cherries, a touch of cassis, dark chocolate, violets and incipient notes of game bird. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and nicely structured, with a great core of fruit, superb focus and balance and a very long, moderately tannic finish. This is a classic 2011 Cru and needs a year in the cellar to really unwind and show off its secondary layers of complexity. A beautiful and very serious bottle of Fleurie in the making. 2014-2025+.” -John Gilman
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, August 2013
“Vivid ruby-red. Intense red berry and floral pastille aromas are complicated by smoky minerals and spices. Sappy, incisive and pure, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors with a hint of candied rose. Shows excellent clarity and energy and silky tannins on the persistent finish.” -Josh Raynolds


Jigsaw Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012–$16.99 SAVE 15% (on sale through 09.03.14)
88 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2013
“Sourced from a half-dozen vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills and wider Willamette A.V.A.s – including Cattrall and Temperance Hill, from which Seestedt also essayed vineyard designates in this vintage – the Ransom 2012 Pinot Noir Jigsaw was bottled already last July. Its mint- and sassafras-tinged boysenberry, blackberry and cassis fruit preserve an attractively fresh edge and finish with abundant juiciness. This doesn’t offer the complexity of the corresponding 2010 (reviewed in issue 202) but offers fine value for consumption by 2015. ” -David Schildknecht


Wachter Wiesler Bela-Joska Blaufrankisch (Eisenberg) 2012–$16.14 SAVE 15% (on sale through 09.03.14)
The winery named this Blaufränkisch after the family fathers Béla Wachter
and Jóska Wiesler. The resulting wines are incredibly elegant and expressive, superlative expressions of Blaufränkisch that should age well, though they are drinking well right now. This is an exciting estate and Christoph Wachter is definitely a winemaker to watch.

Wisdom of the Ancients – The Health Benefits of Wine

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This may come as a surprise to those accustomed to thinking of wine as a naughty indulgence, detrimental to the health, but wine is, quite possibly, the oldest medicine in the world. In “The Oxford Companion to Wine” [1], Jancis Robson speaks of Sumerian and Ancient Egyptian documents detailing the ways in which wine can be used to improve the health of humans and heal the sick. These documents are around 4,000 years old, making them the earliest sources ever found to speak of something manufactured by humans as a medicine. For thousands of years, wine has been used in like manner – a staple of the doctor’s bag right up until the late nineteenth century (longer, in Europe). Modern research is now showing that our medically minded ancestors may have been on to something. A glass of one of Mora’s fine wines could in fact be very good for you…

Free Radicals and Antioxidants
A lot of the health benefits of wines come from their superb effects upon molecules called ‘free radicals’. The modern health industry is obsessed with free radicals and with the molecules which fight them – antioxidants. Everywhere you turn, various ‘superfoods’ are touted and promoted for their antioxidant levels. You can even buy “Universal antioxidants” promising to “provide support for a…wide range of bodily systems” from Healthy America [2]. However, a glass of good wine is probably just as effective as such pills and superfoods in the free-radical battling stakes, as it’s stuffed chock-full with beneficial antioxidants. Considering what free radicals do to the body, this is a significant benefit.

Oxidation
Free radicals are molecules absorbed from the environment which travel around the body causing cell ‘oxidation’. Oxidation is a complex process of degradation which can be compared to the rusting of iron – only within human cells. It causes the cells to degenerate and, in severe cases, to malform and become cancerous. The less severe effects of oxidation include the signs of ageing and general physical wear and tear. Antioxidants sweep up and neutralize free radicals, preventing cell oxidation and thus preserving the body in a fit and youthful state. Red wine in particular is rich in an antioxidant polyphenol called Resveratrol. A 2007 study concluded that red wine gives drinkers an “increase in antioxidant[s]” [3] which significantly improved their body’s defences against free radicals. Similar studies have also proven Resveratrol to be incredibly good for the heart and cardiovascular system. The Linus Pauling Institute point out that red wine drinkers have “significant reductions in cardiovascular disease risk” [4], making a glass of wine a day an excellently health-wise choice.

Moderation Is Key
Of course, it should be made clear that all of these studies into the potential health benefits of wine involve moderate amounts of the drink. Consumed in moderation, wine can undoubtedly enrich and improve your health and life – but should your drinking become immoderate, the negative impacts of the alcohol will far surpass any benefits. Dr David J Hanson warns that “Drinking…alcoholic beverages heavily or abusively is associated with poor health and reduced longevity” [5]. As such, if you are unable to keep your drinking moderate, you must be prepared for your health to decline. Part of the problem with moderate drinking is that alcohol is an addictive substance which can cause alcoholism in susceptible individuals. Treatment4addiction.com describe alcoholism as “a brain disease….characterized by compulsive craving, seeking, and use [of] alcohol that persists even in the face of severe adverse consequences” [6]. If you feel, therefore, that your moderate drinking is creeping into immoderate and possibly addictive patterns, it is probably best to cut back significantly before it all goes horribly wrong!

Improved Lifespan
Having said that, those who can stick to moderate drinking (little and often) are in for a treat. Delicious red wine can beat free radicals and improve your heart, while white wine can also, according to experts at Boston University “help prevent heart disease” [7]. All of which has a major impact upon lifespan and quality of life. A Doctor’s Health Press report – one of many reports reaching much the same conclusion – states that “moderate drinkers are living longer than those who abstain” [8]. If you want to experience the convergence of ancient and modern medicine, to replenish your body as well as your soul, you could do a lot worse than to grab a bottle of Mora’s Wine and treat yourself!

Contributed by reader, Jenni Shearer

 

[1] Jancis Robson, “The Oxford Companion to Wine“, Oxford University Press
[2] Healthy America, “Alpha-Lipoic Acid 200mg
[3] Michelle Micallef, Louise Lexis, Paul Lewandowski, “Red wine consumption increases antioxidant status and decreases oxidative stress in the circulation of both young and old humans“, Nutrition Journal, September 2007
[4] Linus Pauling Institute, “Resveratrol
[5] David J Hanson, “Drinking Alcohol In Moderation: Better Health and Longer Life“, State University of New York
[6] Treatment4Addiction. “Treatment Programs for Alcohol Abuse
[7] American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Moderate wine consumption may help boost women’s health“, November 2008
[8] Victor Marchione, “Can a Glass of This Prolong Your Life?“, Doctor’s Health Press, January 2014

Agave Spirits: premium sipping from south of the border

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It’s a shame that such an impressive spirit should have such an embarrassing reputation in the States.  Shunted to the corner with frat party binge drinking, or to the restaurants where frozen margarita mix blends all the character right out, it’s amazing tequila made it out alive.  Somehow, over the past decade or so, quality agave spirits began making it over the border; they began finding welcoming shops and restaurants and reaching the glasses of enthusiastic aficionados.  Suddenly (or so it seemed) it had the respect internationally that it had had among those who were distilling and enjoying the drink for generations.

To be called tequila, a spirit must be made from “Blue Agave” (Tequila Weber Azul Agave).  No other agave types are permitted.  The root bulb of this flower plant—yes flower, not cactus!—is shredded, roasted, converted to a wash, fermented, and distilled.  This process—with very few exceptions—must occur in the state of Jalisco, on the west side of central Mexico.

Jalisco

In general, keep an eye out for bottles marked “100% Agave Tequila.”  Tequilas missing this label (e.g. Cuervo) are permitted to be as little as 51% Agave, and rest is often cane sugar distillate (read: rum).  These mixtos are understandably more affordable and perfectly fine for some uses, but they don’t really let the craft of tequila-making shine the way the Puro de Agave do.

Plata Tequila: For the best display of the characteristics of the Agave plant, choose Plata (Silver, or Blanco) Tequila.  Since it sees no time in barrels, what you get is a young, fresh tequila that doesn’t have to compete with outside sources.  Eventually you might be able differentiate between tequilas made from the Lowlands (more aromatic, earthy) and those from the Highlands (more rounded, fruity).

Reposado Tequila: To try the most popular type of tequila, choose a Reposado (“rested”) such as the Suerte Reposado.  You’ll immediately notice the color difference here, since to be called reposado the tequila must spend at least 2 months ‘resting’ in the barrel.  This mellows out the flavors a bit and imparts a touch of the quality of whatever it’s resting in (French oak, for instance, or bourbon barrels).

Añejo Tequila: If you really go for aged spirits (bourbon and scotch drinkers, heads up!), then try an Añejo (from año, Spanish for “year”) like the delicious Crotalo Añejo.  These spend at least a year in oak—three or more and it’s Extra Añejo—and are a perfect example of how well agave spirits mature in the barrel.  For the die-hard whiskey fan it can be a little jarring to taste whiskey characteristics in a non-grain/corn spirit, but just surrender to the experience.  You’ll come around.

agave bulbs

Agave root bulbs (foreground), and Agave plants (background).

Mezcals: Now, Mexico makes six types of agave spirits altogether, but only two can be found with any regularity in the States: the aforementioned tequila, and mezcal, and the latter only very recently.  Unlike Tequila, Mezcal can be made anywhere in Mexico (though most comes from the state of Oaxaca), and from any agave plant (not exclusively “Blue” Agave).  This means mezcals vary more than tequila, simply due to the sheer number of agave-type-to-region variations.  Less consistency, perhaps, but also so many more options for the modern makers of mezcal to experiment and explore.  Mora’s features several mezcals, but our most recent addition is the Union Mezcal, rated 92 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Historically, part of the mezcal-making process involved not just roasting but smoking in large pits, as is still the case with much of the mezcal made today. This lends the spirit a smokiness; yet another factor which distinguishes it from tequila.  It’s also another compelling reason for whiskey enthusiasts, and in particular scotch enthusiasts, to give agave spirits a go.

There are all sorts of excellent cocktail recipes for agave spirits, and in keeping with our recurring whiskey analogy, many recipes traditionally intended for whiskey can be substituted for tequila or mezcal with relative ease.  But, as with all spirits, the best way to truly grasp the nuance is to partake of it as is.  But maybe with the aid of a glass.

Tequila Tuesday is August 26th 2014 from 4 to 7 at Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits

Contributed by: Nancee Moes

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Aug. 20-27, 2014: Portugal and Argentina

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These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.

Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida Red 2013
Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida Red 2013–$8.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.27.14)
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2013
“The cooperative of Reguengos is now a major force in the region. This wine, named after the hilltop town of Reguengos, is a powerful, condensed wine. It has dark black fruits, solid tannins and a smooth texture. Full-bodied and worth aging. Drink from 2015.” –Roger Voss

Casa de Santar Dao Reserva 2010
Casa de Santar Dao Reserva 2010–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.27.14)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, August 2013
“A refined and well-crafted red, with concentrated flavors of dried cherry, red raspberry and currant, supported by fleshy, medium-grained tannins. Delivers a long finish of tar, spice and smoke. Drink now through 2020. 26,000 cases made.” –Kim Marcus

Finca Flichman Paisaje de Barrancas Mendoza 2009
Finca Flichman Paisaje de Barrancas Mendoza 2009–$16.14 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.27.14)
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, August 2012
“This blend of Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is sultry and sexy—like a club dancer. Flashy, brash, deep in color and big in flavor, this has flavors of wild berry, chocolate and cola, with a toasted note. An incredibly ripe wine.” -Michael Schachner
89 Points – International Wine Cellar, March/April 2013
“(a blend of 55% syrah, 35% malbec and 10% cabernet sauvignon): Good medium-deep red. Mellow aromas and flavors of plum, currant, mocha, milk chocolate and game. Suave and fine-grained, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the middle palate. Finishes with firm tannins and good grip and length.” -Stephen Tanzer

Finca la Luz Callejon de Crimon Malbec Gran Reserva 2008
Finca la Luz Callejon de Crimon Malbec Gran Reserva 2008–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.27.14)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“The 2008 Callejon del Crimen Malbec Gran Reserva exhibits a similar personality with loads of black cherry fruit and a sense of elegance. It, too, will evolve for several years and drink well through 2023.” -Jay Miller

Aveleda Vinho Verde

Aveleda Vinho Verde–$7.64 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.27.14) “Aveleda selected the Loureiro, Trajadura and Arinto grapes from the best vineyards in the region. When the ideal maturation stage is reached, the grapes are brought to Aveleda where they are cooled before being pressed at low pressure. The fermentation, in stainless steel tanks, is carefully controlled at temperatures of 16-18ºC. The careful temperature control during the winemaking process produces a wine that is slightly citrine in color, clear and bright. It’s a well balanced wine with a fresh and fruity aroma and a soft, silky finish. Ideal as an aperitif, with fish, seafood or salads.” -The Winery

Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida White 2013
Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida White 2013–$8.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.27.14) “The grapes are processed at the famous Cartuxa Winery, a former Jesuit house that was designated a national treasure in 1755. A wine press was already there in operation in 1776. In this historic setting the Eugénio de Almeida Foudation has invested in quality as well as preserving its heritage and the house boasts a sizeable modern winery. Continuous research and development devoted to acquiring knowledge of the vines, the grape varieties and wine making techniques have resulted in wines with character and a distinctive style.” – The Winery

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Aug. 13-20, 2014: France, Italy, S. Africa, & Washington State

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Cedrick Bardin Pouilly Fume 2013

Cedrick Bardin Pouilly Fume 2013–$19.19 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 08.20.14)
88 points for 2012 vintage Winespectator Web only 2013
“Displays good, crunchy texture, with lime, chive, gooseberry and wet stone notes following through to an open, breezy, pure finish. Drink now. 4,350 cases made.” –JM


Alleno & Chapoutier St Joseph la Croix de Chabot
Alleno & Chapoutier St Joseph la Croix de Chabot–$23.19 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 08.20.14)
90 Points, Wine Spectator, Dec 2013
“The 2011 St.-Joseph La Croix de Chabot is a medium to full-bodied, classic Syrah effort that gives up ample peppery black fruits, herbs, flowers and hints of minerality on the nose. Chewy and rich, with solid fruit, it should drink nicely for 7-8 years, if not longer.” -Robert Parker
90 Points, International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 2014
“Inky ruby. Smoky blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with a spicy quality adding lift. Densely packed dark berry flavors show very good clarity and pick up a candied licorice quality with air. Closes on a peppery note, with supple tannins and a lingering suggestion of cured meat.” -Josh Raynolds

Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010
Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010–$23.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 08.20.14)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2013
“Smooth and inviting, this medium-weight charmer offers enticing blueberry, plum and gentle spice notes that persist onto the polished finish. Drink now through 2017. 5,894 cases made.” -Harvey Steiman

Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage Rosé 2013
Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage Rosé 2013–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.20.14)
“A full bodied wine with more onion skin colour rather than red/pink. Typical Pinotage floral aromas with prominent red fruit flavours. Staying with the Kanonkop philosophy this wine is a full bodied food wine. Add a bit of ice for spice.” -The Winery

Cottanera Barbazzale Rosso 2012
Cottanera Barbazzale Rosso 2012–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.20.14)
90 Points – JamesSuckling.com, April 2013
“A bright and fruity red with plum and dried strawberry character and hints of minerals. Medium-to-full body, with silky tannins and fresh acidity…” -James Suckling

Chateau de Manissy Cotes du Rhone 2012

Chateau de Manissy Cotes du Rhone 2012–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.20.14)
rating for previous vintage: 91 Points – Wine Enthusiast
“Pungent bass notes of grilled lamb sausage, blackberries baking in a cobbler and asphalt. Fresh pine needles and dried cilantro sing soprano. The aromas segue into similar, well-concentrated flavors with plenty of midpalate density. The acidity is assertive and tannins are moderate and slightly chalky in texture. The abundant youthful vibrancy lingers into the medium finish. Drink now to 2015.”


Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: Aug. 7-14, 2014: (mostly) Spanish Wines with Mercedes

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These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.

Celler Barbara Fores El Templari Terra Alta 2010
Celler Barbara Fores El Templari Terra Alta 2010–$22.39 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 08.14.14)
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2012
“Vivid ruby-red. A spicy, perfumed bouquet evokes fresh strawberry and raspberry, with bright mineral top note. Gently sweet, with sappy red berry flavors and zesty, balancing acidity. Fresh and sharply focused, with delicate tannins adding back-end grip.” -Josh Raynolds


Lumos Five Block Pinot Noir Amity Eola Hills 2011
Lumos Five Block Pinot Noir 2011–$23.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 08.14.14)
93 points Beverage Tasting Institute
“Deep ruby color. Aromas and flavors of floral honey, spiced cherry, and herbal pickled melon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sandalwood, nut brittle and mineral accented finish. Very flavorful and well balanced with excellent acidity for sipping or the table.”


Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2009
Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2009–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.14.14)
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(50% monastrell, 25% tempranillo and 25% cabernet sauvignon; aged for a year in French and American oak): Inky ruby. Highly aromatic, exotic bouquet of red and dark berries, violet, vanilla and woodsmoke. Broad and deep, showing sweet black raspberry and blueberry flavors, a velvety texture and bright mineral snap. Nicely blends richness and energy and finishes with lingering sweetness and supple, even tannins. This is delicious right now.” -Josh Raynolds


Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazzaron 2011
Vinas del Cenit Venta Mazzaron 2011–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.14.14)
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak for eight months): Inky purple. Musky blueberry, blackberry, cassis and violet on the nose, with complicating oak spice and white pepper nuances. Supple, sweet and pliant, displaying good energy and focus to its black fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with strong but smooth tannins and a hint of candied flowers.” -Josh Raynolds


Bodegas Obalo Rioja 2012
Bodegas Obalo Rioja 2012–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.14.14)
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(aged in new French oak for four months): Bright purple. Dark berry and floral pastille aromas are complicated by notes of cola and fresh rose. Juicy blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show very good depth, with a peppery element adding energy. Becomes brighter and sweeter with air and finishes on a floral note, with silky tannins adding shape.” -Josh Raynolds


Pazos del Rey Pazo de Monterrey Godello Monterrei 2012

Pazos del Rey Pazo de Monterrey Godello Monterrei 2012–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 08.14.14)
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(100% godello): Pale gold. Complex scents of citrus zest, pear, flowers and smoky minerals. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and gain depth and spiciness with air. A ripe melon note comes up on the smooth, spicy, very persistent finish.” -Josh Raynolds


Barologirl: A Look at Guilia Negri and Her Wines

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Though only in her early twenties, Giulia Negri is hardly a new-comer to the world of wine.  She grew up with it, her family having produced wine at Serradenari vineyards for the past 150 years.  With wine in her DNA, she spearheaded her first vintage when she was just a teenager.  Now she has her own little vineyard south of her parents’ estate, and plans on full-time winemaking once she finishes at the university.

Not a bad idea for the creator of one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top Italian Wines of 2012 (“La Tartufaia” Barolo 2007—it earned 93 Points, if you’re wondering).

Of course it isn’t just the rarity of someone so young producing something so impressive.  It’s also that she’s impressing with a wine from a grape notoriously stubborn to tame in a style that’s notoriously obstinate to achieve.

Ah, Barolo: the King of Italian wines.  King because when it succeeds it is incredible to behold (and imbibe).  Unfortunately, what makes its good great is also what can make its bad worst.  Barolo is produced from the Nebbiolo grape, a thin-skinned, temperamental, and highly tannic varietal.  So tannic, in fact, that it must must be aged in order to mellow.  Some are downright undrinkable if they’re not.  But when successful, Barolo is a structured, complex wine featuring earthy, even rustic aromas.  It’s rich and intense.  This can put-off the drinker more accustomed to fruit-forward reds, but a good Barolo is well worth taking the time to enjoy.

In the La Morra subregion of Piedmont—where Giulia’s estate lies—Nebbiolo is often lighter and more perfumed, and requires less time in the barrel.  This can result in a Barolo that is more approachable and affordable than those further south, while still displaying the complexity seasoned Barolo drinkers have come to expect.  Her Barolo “La Tartufaia” (named for the truffle ground along the northern part of her estate) is an excellent example of this.

Contributed by: Nancee Moes