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Italian Wine Selections from Avalon Wine Inc.

Oregonians love Italian wine. While we specialize in Oregon and Washington wines, we have a deep enthusiasm for Italian wines in our store and our home cellars, and travel to Italy for wine and food whenever possible.

We have access to one of the best selections of small, artisan made Italian wines in the country, many at killer prices. We seek out the gems in the rural countryside of Italy, finding stellar wines from Italian "Indies" missed by the big boys. Just like Avalon finds the best of the Oregon and Washington "Indie" wines and delivers them to you!

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Produttori del Barbaresco Muncagota Riserva 2011

95 points Wine Spectator: "All about finesse, elegance and a silky texture. Cherry, eucalyptus, licorice and spice flavors...


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$44.95

$49.95 Regular

Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin 2011

94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2011 Barbaresco Sorì Paitin is constantly changing in the glass. At times light on...


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$43.16

$47.95 Regular

Produttori del Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011

96 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of cherry, rose, licorice and tar pick up tobacco, spice and mineral elements on...


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$58.45

$64.95 Regular

Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT 2012

97 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2012 Cepparello is magnificent. Radiant, pliant and super-expressive, the 2012 off...


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$71.95

$79.95 Regular

Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata 2011

96+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata is superb. Black cherry jam, crème de ...


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$71.95

$79.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2010 1.5L

2010 notes: Wine Advocate 94 points - The Ca’ del Baio line-up is extremely impressive and delightful. ...


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$67.45

$74.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Asili 2012

Asili is one of the most prestigious vineyards in Barbaresco and in the hands of Ca del Baio, it becomes a magical wine. I...


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$34.16

$37.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011

95+ points Antonio Galloni: "An absolute stunner, the 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Asili, emerges from the glass with a mélange...


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$89.95

$99.95 Regular

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2011

95 points James Suckling: "This is dense and rich with lots of fruit and intensity. Chewy tannins. Full and intense with a...


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$39.55

$43.95 Regular

La Gerla Rosso di Montalcino 2013

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$17.95

$19.95 Regular

Cordero di Montezemolo Barbera d'Alba 2014

One of those wines you just want to smell all day. Heavenly! I wrote "wow - crazy aromas" in my tasting book; tons of brow...


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$21.55

$23.95 Regular

Reverdito Barolo 2012

The best deal in Barolo we've ever found returns with a new vintage. The 2012 is a combo of powerful and pretty with attr...


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$21.55

$23.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba Superiore "Armujan" 2011

Wow. This is stunning Barbera Armujan comes from 60 year-old vines in the prime Barolo village of Monforte d'Alba. It's ...


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$24.25

$26.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Vallegrande 2012

Ca del Baio makes some of the best Barbaresco. What really sets them apart is their incredible value. We keep expecting th...


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$29.66

$32.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Dolcetto d'Alba "Lodoli" 2014

A ‘very Piemontese’ wine which displays simplicity and straightforwardness. Cultivated in the township of Treiso on the le...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbera d'Alba "Paolina" 2014

It always makes sense to have a Barbera in the house - such a versatile wine. The Paolina, from one of my favorite Barbare...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Pora 2011

2009 vintage notes:

93 points Wine Advocate: "The unfiltered 2009 Barbaresco Pora opens with seductively dark and m...


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$44.95

$49.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Nebbiolo Langhe 2014

I'll spare you the flowery descriptions - Ca del Baio is giving this wine away! I can't recall a Nebbiolo that has been ...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba 2014

Intense aromas of violets and mixed black fruits hit you.

Rich, with vibrant acidity, this Barbera works equally well...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barolo "Bussia" 2010

Excellent Barolo, and very reasonably priced. Husband and wife team Nicola and Lolli craft pure expressions of Piemontese ...


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$35.96

$39.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Nebbiolo 2012

What do you drink while you're waiting for your Barolo to age? Corsini Nebbiolo! Classic aromas of licorice, tar and flow...


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$17.95

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Podere Ruggeri Corsini Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

All estate vineyard 100% Dolcetto grapes, from parts of the vineyard from ten to thirty years old.

Fuchsia tint o...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Cascina Corte Vigna Pirochetta Dogliani 2011

You may have had Dolcetto before but you've not likely had a Dolcetto like this. No soft and fruity number, it was the bi...


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$18.86

$20.95 Regular

Cascina Corte Barbera Piemonte 2012

Lots of lush cherries and blackberry with hints of leather and minerality. Refined tannins with zippy acidity. Intense ar...


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$17.05

$18.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barbera d'Alba "Armujan" 2011 - 375ml

Half size of this stunning Barbera. It's rich and dense, flowing with ripe black fruit, exotic floral notes and spice, a ...


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$16.16

$17.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Langhe Chardonnay "Luna d'Agosto" 2014

Unoaked Chardonnay from Italy's Piedmont - damn straight. One of the wines I look most forward to this time of year, it'...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Podere Capaccia Querciagrande Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2007

A smoking deal in Sangiovese....


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$15.25

$16.95 Regular

Podere Ruggeri Corsini Bianco Langhe 2013

Delicious, crisp white blend made from Arneis, Chardonnay, and Pinot bianco. ...


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$14.99

$16.66 Regular

Punset Barbaresco Campo Quadro 2004

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$49.45

$54.95 Regular

Paitin Barbaresco Serra 2011

2011 vintage notes:

94 points Wine Spectator: "Though rich and velvety, this red is also vibrant and complex, boasting...


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$32.36

$35.95 Regular

Bruna Grimaldi Barolo Badarina 2008

94 Points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, showing mint, cherry, licorice and clove notes backed by a thick bas...


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$41.36

$45.95 Regular

Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione de Marchi 2010

98 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione De Marchi is magnificent. Violets, smoke, plums and cas...


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$71.95

$79.95 Regular

Cavallotto Barolo Vignolo Riserva 2008

97 points Wine Spectator: "A rich, dense version, with power and beefy tannins supporting the cherry, wild herb, eucalyptu...


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$89.95

$99.95 Regular

Punset Barbera d'Alba 2013

Delicious, great value Barbera. ...


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$13.45

$14.95 Regular

Montaribaldi Barbaresco Palazzina 2012

I didn't buy enough of this last fall and have kicked myself ever since. Dynamite stuff, it hits all the rights chords fo...


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$22.45

$24.95 Regular

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Asili 2010 1.5L

2010 vintage notes:

Wine Advocate 95 Points

Purely awesome. The best Asili yet from ...


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$71.95

$79.95 Regular

La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino 2010

95 points Wine Spectator: "Saturated with cherry, raspberry, spice and tobacco aromas and flavors, this strikes a balanced...


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$44.95

$49.95 Regular

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2010

A beautiful expression of Barolo where texture is key -- silky, ultra-fine tannins that typify elegant power, carrying the...


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$39.55

$43.95 Regular

San Felice Il Grigio da San Felice Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011

#1 Wine of 2015, Wine Enthusiast, 95 points : "A fantastic combination of power and finesse, this opens with aromas of und...


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$40.46

$44.95 Regular

More About -Italian Wines

The Piedmonte region of Italy, where Barbaresco is located, is almost as well known for its truffles as for its wines. The parallels of the Piemonte to Oregon (Nebbiolo and truffles, Pinot noir and Oregon's growing fame for its truffles) are intriguing. Add both regions' obsession with fine, locally produced cuisine, and the Piemonte deserves to be called Oregon's "Sister Gastronomic Region"!

Barolo and Barbaresco, the king and queen of wines from Italy's Piedmonte, 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 de Baio Gems Found in Rural Countryside of Italy

One of our favorite wineries in the Piedmonte region is Ca del Baio. Ca del Baio's wines are called "Barbaresco", referring to the village where the winery is located. The wines are made from Nebbiolo, the star grape of the region. Nebbiolo is the diva of Italian grapes- temperamental, low yielding and late ripening, it is often compared to Pinot noir in its variability and for the quality of its best wines.

Avalon Wine

Ca del Baio is owned by the Grasso family (father and son winemakers in photo at right,) grapegrowers and winemakers since 1680. Their farm is in Treiso, a village near Barbaresco. Ca del Baio's vineyards are both at the winery (45 acres) and in nearly Asili, a village near Treiso. Asili is respected as one of the best grape growing areas in the region. While best known for their Nebbiolo based wines, Ca del Baio also grow Dolcetto and Barbera and make Docg status wines from the grapes.

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