Brand New Highly Rated Italian Reds: Barbaresco 2018

The first of our 2018 Barbarescos have arrived and we'll add, with great fanfare! We've been excited for these wines ever since 2018our last trip to Barbaresco, only a couple weeks before the start of Nebbiolo harvest.

The fanfare part comes from this week's Wine Spectator Insider, an unexpected summer treat with big Barbaresco reviews. First up is a small-production Barbaresco from one of Barolo's leading estates, Elvio Cogno. Their Bordini 2018 is the essence of the winery's precise and pure style. We don't have a lot and recommend you jump on it. And while this will be the first Ca del Baio Asili 2018 offer, you'll keep hearing "buy" from us until we're down to the last bottleour favorite Baio Asili in years and an astounding value.

$53.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($59.95 regular)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Rich yet lacy in texture, shored up by refined tannins, this red offers cherry, currant, floral and mineral flavors. Linear and long, with a fruit-filled aftertaste, showing fine harmony and expression. Best from 2023 through 2038."

Us: A beautiful, classic example of Barbaresco, aromatically engaging with an ultra-fine structure that carries so much flavor and delicacy. Decant and enjoy now with dinner or hold for 10+ years.

$39.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($44.95 regular)

94 points Wine Spectator: "There's a sappy, old-vine character to this red, featuring intense cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors. Accents of wild herbs, iron and tobacco add depth as this plays out on the lingering finish, showing excellent balance and length. Best from 2024 through 2038."

Us: Because of recent monumental vintages, it might be sacrilege to say that the 2018 is our favorite Asili in years but we'll say it anyway! A special release, celebrating the Grasso family's 30th harvest from Asili, the 2018 is a velvety masterpiece. Ca del Baio's style makes this so attractive already, with a caressing depth of fruit blanketing its structure. Asili is one of the world's great vineyards and the value that Ca del Baio delivers in their Asili is truly astounding.

By the waythe Piemontese drink young Barbaresco all the time so don't be afraid to do the same!

And for our fellow fans of nearly extinct Italian grapes, check out Cogno's Langhe Nascetta.

$24.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($26.95 regular)

From an ancient and precious indigenous vineyard in Novello, Nascetta was very popular in the 19th century, Nascetta is the only indigenous white variety from Langhe and Elvio Cogno is responsible for saving the grape from extinction in the early 1990s. Since the grape was not part of the Italian National Registry at that time, Elvio Cogno gave the fantasy name ‘Anas-Cëtta’ with their first bottling in 1994. After the success of the grape locally, “Nascetta del Comune di Novello” finally became a sub-appellation of Langhe DOC in 2010 (it must be 100% Nascetta.) A semi-aromatic grape, Nascetta has hints of sage and rosemary, a rich texture and lovely grapefruit and lime notes.