August seems so long ago...It's been such a busy second half of 2016 that we might have forgotten about this fantastic Barbaresco we tasted back on August 22.
We've urged several importer friends to get in touch with Adriano and bring in their Barbaresco, which are exceptional values for classically-styled Barbaresco.
One of them did thankfully, and we tasted the current releases over lunch. We went gaga over the Basarin '12. Only one issue: the wine wouldn't arrive to Oregon until late November, which turned to late December. We had to put it out of our minds until today!
$26.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($29.95 regular)
93 points Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended: "Sweet strawberry, cherry and currant fruit weaves throughout this elegant, intense Barbaresco. The structure is assertive, yet this stays fresh and vibrant on the long finish. Floral and leafy underbrush notes add depth. Best from 2018 through 2030."
Wonderfully typical Barbaresco, showing the elegant side of Nebbiolo. A perfect match for a variety of meals -- we had three quite different pastas and all made the wine shine.