Yesterday, I was happy
to offer a pair of very affordable Sicilian wines from Valle dell'Acate.
Today, I'm delighted to follow up that offer with two new releases from
Piemonte's De Forville estate, and these two wines seriously
over-deliver at their under $22 price points.
De Forville's Nebbiolo
wines have gotten a lot of attention in the press, both mainstream and
industry, but I've never been one to choose wines based on their notice.
I picked this '13 Nebbiolo d'Alba San Rocco because it's a delicious
bottle that evokes Piemonte in its juicy fruit, ethereal rose petals,
lick of tar, and burly tannins. Likewise, I chose the '13 Barbera d'Asti
Cascina Buc because it complicates Barbera's usual straightforward
cherries and berries with smoke, game and incense. Both of these wines
taste like they were made with love.
We've carried De
Forville's wines over the years, and they're consistently great
bargains; these bottles pack a wallop for their price points. But as
much as it brings me joy to find you value wines, my heart--and likely
yours--rests in collector wines, and you can't find bottles more
collectable than the two Bruno Giacosa Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva
vintages offered today. These 1978 and 1990 bottles are like a window
into another world. Finally, you can't go wrong with Sassicaia,
especially not in magnum, and this '08 will only grow more beautiful.
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