Nebbiolo is the grape of the Langhe. Entrancing and almost mystical, it's the grape that makes Barbaresco and Barolo the "queen" and the "king" of wines. The beauty of Nebbiolo is its extreme terroir-driven and expressive nature; it changes drastically depending on where it is grown and what winemaking techniques the producer uses. However flexible, wine made from Nebbiolo is so distinctive that you know it the moment your nose smells it. Nebbiolo wines waft with tar and flowers; it's got this slight medicinal note and a translucent red color; all these attributes plus its deep fruit and tobacco finish set it apart. Still, the grape's astounding flexibility makes Piemonte's swirling hills with its infinite microclimates a perfect home. No two Nebbiolo wines are the same; we have much to love.
Nebbiolo has an uncanny ability to age because of its tannins and acidity, and thus we have Barolos and Barbarescos that can live decades. But these age-worthy wines aren't Nebbiolo's only achievements--and this is a good thing! You can't have Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia or a Giacosa Barbaresco Asili every night. This is where the wines I'm offering today come in. Below you'll find four beautiful Nebbiolo bottles that invite you to drink them anytime. There's a beautiful $27 Nebbiolo d'Alba from Prunotto, Antinori's premier Piemonte estate, a gorgeous Renzo Seghesio everyday Nebbiolo, a traditional one from Bruno Giacosa, and a terrific Nebbiolo from from Aldo Conterno. Four great Langhe wines, and you don't need to wait to drink any of them (although you certainly could).
Below you'll also find a pair of terrific white wines--and one important holiday announcement. First, there's Batàr, from our biodynamic friends in Toscana, Querciabella. 2013 is an outstanding vintage for Italy, and this Batàr floats like a silk scarf on a breeze; it's just beautiful. Next, there are magnums of 2009 William Fèvre Chablis Valmur that you white Burgundy lovers want to snag for your next dinner party. Finally, our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide is here, ready to help you find gifts for all the wine-lovers on your list. I love the holiday season, and this year's gift guide might be the best one yet.