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Ca del Baio

Traveling the Backroads
of Barbaresco


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When you work in the wine business, people tell you constantly, "you live a charmed life."

When you get to travel to Italy for a week, visit wineries, drink Barolo, Barbaresco and more, you just have to shrug and say, "you're probably right."

I spent a week in September - for work - driving the back roads of Barolo and Barbaresco, looking for killer, small production wines to offer our customers. We've done the same thing with Oregon and Washington wineries for over 20 years. With my unquenchable thirst for Italian wine, I hopped on a plane...

...and landed at Ca del Baio.

Ca del Baio has been on my radar for a couple years, starting with their staggeringly good 2004 Barbarescos. Since then, I've become infatuated with the whole line-up of wines, ranging from unoaked Chardonnay to single vineyard Barbaresco.

Three generations of the Grasso family, including 90 year-old Guido, were hard at work when I arrived, processing Moscato and Barbera grapes. A few hours later, I left with confirmation of a prior thought:

at right above, three generations of Ca del Baio winemakers

I want you to check out these wines, so I've put together a sampler with 6 different wines at 15% off. Ca del Baio's prices are already some of the most modest in Piedmont - this is icing.

SAVE 15% off retail on our

Ca del Baio Sampler

2 Nebbiolo Bric del Baio 08 $17.95
2 Barbaresco Asili 06 $36.95
2 Barbaresco Valgrande 06 $33.95
2 Barbaresco Marcarini 06 $36.95
2 Chardonnay Luna 09 $14.95
2 Barbera d'Alba Paolina 08 $14.95
(only available in the sampler)

$264.95 - you save $46.45 from retail

"All the wines have bags of character, impeccable cleanness, depth, pure, clear expression of their territory and show beautifully gauged balance. Hard to imagine that anyone could do better." -

-Gambero Rosso

  Avalon Wine's Oregon Wines

Ca del Baio
Nebbiolo Bric del Baio 08 $17.95

$16.16 any 12 bottles

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I'll spare you the flowery descriptions - Ca del Baio is giving this wine away! I can't recall a Nebbiolo that has been so full of character, so perfect, for the money. We've had it with pizza, steak, pasta, pork, salmon - it goes with everything. I've gone through a couple cases at home in as many months. It has perfect balance, not too much tannin or fruit, just amazing juice. - Marcus

The hills surrounding Ca del Baio

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Ca del Baio
Barbaresco Asili 06 $36.95

$33.26 any 12 bottles

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Three Glasses -
Gambero Rosso 2010

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Asili 06 is sexy, loaded with plush and creamy fruit that takes some time to coax from the glass. Beginning with a nose of fragrant dried roses and sun-ripened raspberries, it transitions to delicious black cherries and raspberries, mingling with an elegant anise ribbon. Firm tannins help prolong the staggering finish. Best to decant for an hour for early drinking, this exceptional Barbaresco will enjoy a long life in your cellar.

The Asili 06 was awarded Three Glasses in Gambero Rosso 2010, and described as "wonderfully deep...exceptional grace."
It was one of only 391 out of 18,000 wines with that distinction. It is also one of the most reasonably-priced Three Glass recipients.

  Avalon Wine's Oregon Wines

Ca del Baio
Barbaresco Valgrande 06 $33.95

$30.56 any 12 bottles

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Aromatic roses, cinnamon and licorice-accented cherry shows itself as fresh and bright on the nose. Quite approachable on the palate, with structured black cherry and berry. A traditionally-styled Ca del Baio's Barbaresco, the 06 Valgrande will age gracefully for well over a decade. - Marcus

The Valgrande 06 was awarded Two Glasses in Gambero Rosso 2010.

Valentina & Paola with Marcus in the Ca del Baio Cellar

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Ca del Baio
Barbaresco Marcarini 06 $36.95

$33.26 any 12 bottles

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A perfect mid-point to the Asili and Valgrande, Marcarini combines power and depth with succulent, plush fruit. The aromas are very showy - mint, licorice, earth, and rose accent the rich dark cherries and wild berries, with a pinch of oak. This bottling shines now with decanting, but will be ideal with 4 plus years in the cellar. - Marcus

Valgrande Vineyard

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Ca del Baio
Langhe Chardonnay
"Luna d'Agosto" 09 $14.95

$13.45 any 12 bottles

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Unoaked Chardonnay from Italy's Piedmont - damn straight. One of the wines I look most forward to this time of year. We had our first bottle with Albacore sashimi - wow. Clean, citrus flavors aren't complex, they're just perfect. This will make you long for summer. - Marcus

  Avalon Wine's Oregon Wines

Ca del Baio
Barbera d'Alba Paolina 08 $14.95

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Only available
as part of the
Ca del Baio Sampler Case.

Ripe and silky Barbera - this is as good as Barbera gets for the value. Ca del Baio Barbarera Paolina was named for the grandmother of the winemaker, Giulio Grasso. The Grasso family has made wine in Barbaresco since the 1880's.

The running horse is the Ca del Baio logo-
here, on the patio outside the winery


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