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Ca del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 04
Avalon's Wine Pick of the Week for 7-03-08





"Oregon's Italian Connection"

Oregonians loves Italian wine. Winelovers in Oregon have one of the best selections of small, artisan made Italian wines in the country, at killer prices. Some highly regarded small Italian wineries, whose production might be too small for the big importers, are directly imported by committed, dynamic individuals of the Oregon wine industry. They seek out the gems in the rural countryside of Italy, finding many stellar wines missed by the big boys. Just like Avalon finds the best of the Oregon and Washington "Indie" wines and delivers them to you!

You might be asking, "Why is Avalon writing about Italian wines?" While we specialize in NW wines online, we have a deep enthusiasm for italian wines in our Corvallis store.

Barolo and Barbaresco, the king and queen of wines from Italy's Piedmont, have a similar allure to that of Oregon Pinot noir. They have complexity and intrigue - certain qualities that are simply hard to put into words. Perfect partners for food.

Ca del Baio
Barbaresco
Valgrande 04 $32.95/$29.66
Suggested retail $52

"Three Glasses" Top Rating
from Gambero Rosso


The 04 Valgrande embodies everything I love about Barbaresco. Complex aromas of spiced vanilla, sweet fruit, leather, tar, and cedar with a gorgeously pure core of sappy cherry fruit with blueberry and plum accents. Plush fruit shows on the entry, with excellent grip on the lingeringfinish. This is truly an "utterly tempting" Barbaresco that can be enjoyed upon release (we've gone through a six pack at home already!) although it is built to age for more than a decade.

The 04 Valgrande received the highest honor in Italian wine, a Three Glasses (Tre Bicchieri) rating from Gambero Rosso 2008 Guide to Italian Wines. The signifiance of the Three Glasses rating cannot be overstated; the selection process is rigorous. From nearly 25,000 wines, just 1500 are selected for the Three Glasses taste offs. All tasting are blind.
Only 305 of the 25,000 wines were given the Three Glasses rating, of which the Ca del Baio was one!

Gambero Rosso writes: "The 2004 vintage saw (winegrower) Giulio produce three superlative selections, each with its owen well-defined personality... Three Glasses went to Ca' del Baio for an utterly tempting, admirably distinctive Barbaresco destined for significant evolution."

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