Barolo Must-Haves

We've eagerly awaited these Barolo stars since getting a sneak-preview tasting over the summer. G.D. Vajra and its sister winery, Luigi Baudana, are absolute must-haves in our Barolo book. Today we're focusing on our favorite two of the '17 vintage: Vajra's Barolo Bricco delle Viole is exquisitely elegant; Baudana Cerretta is more classically structured while being entirely charming. We anticipate that both will wow you like they wowed us (and the critics).

Plus, more of the Barolo deal of the year: Reverdito 2016!

$79.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($89.95 regular)

96 points Wine Spectator, Hot Wine: "This red boasts a beautiful balance between its cherry, strawberry, floral, eucalyptus and mineral aromas and flavors. Supple and elegant, despite the resonant tannins and lively acidity that boost the lingering aftertaste, with fine length. Don't think about pulling the cork for five years. Best from 2026 through 2048."

$79.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($89.95 regular)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of underbrush, pine forest, woodland berries and cedar form the enticing nose. Full-bodied and savory, the structured palate delivers ripe Morello cherry, raspberry compote, star anise and cinnamon before closing on pipe tobacco notes. Tightly knit but refined tannins provide the backbone, while surprisingly fresh acidity for the hot vintage keeps it balanced."

Because it's fall and because you know how much we like deals, whether you need to replenish your stash or whether you're new to the steal that is Reverdito Barolo it is high time to get some (more!).

$26.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($29.95 regular)

THE DEAL of the entire, legendary 2016 vintage. Yeah, that good and that cheap.

Reverdito Barolo has always been a spectacular value in Barolo but the new vintages (beginning in 2015) are steps above all of their predecessors, particularly in silkiness and elegance. It makes sense--Dante Scaglione, who spent 15 years as head oenologist for Bruno Giacosa, one of Piedmont's legendary producers, became the consultant for Reverdito in 2015. His influence is clearly felt through an overall refined elegance, evolving from "yeah, it's good for the price" to "yeah, it's good!"

In past vintages I've advised decanting for early drinking but at this price? You can do whatever you want! That said, it has tons of life ahead of it should you want to tuck some away. Why drink Langhe Nebbiolo while you wait for your Barolo to age when you can drink Barolo?!