Parker 93 Point Barbaresco Bargain
Oregon Direct Imports: The Italian Connection
Top Ratings, Awesome Prices
Winelovers in Oregon have one of the best selections of small, artisan made Italian wines in the country, at bargain 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!
Why is Avalon writing me about Italian wines? While we specialize in Northwest wines online, we have a deep enthusiasm for Italian wines in our Corvallis store and in our cellars.
This email features Barbarescos, from Italy's Piedmont. The wines are made from Nebbiolo, the king of Italian grapes. They have a similar allure to that of Oregon Pinot noir - complexity and intrigue, qualities that are hard to put into words.
Avalon's Italian Sampler $184.95
Ca del Baio Asili, Marcarini, Valgrande
Adriano, Cavatappi (WA)
2 - Ca del Baio Barbaresco Asili 05 $36.95 - Parker 93
1- Ca del Baio Barbaresco Marcarini 05 $36.95 - Parker 92
1- Ca del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 05 $32.95 - Parker 90
1 - Adriano Barbaresco 05 $26.95
1 - Cavatappi Nebbiolo Maddalena 02 $26.95
$184.95 - save $16.75 from $201.70 retail
Ca del Baio Barbaresco Asili 05
Asili 05 is sexy, loaded with plush and creamy fruit that has a remarkable sweetness. 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. Silky tannins prolong the staggering finish, as you're reaching for a second taste. Best to decant for an hour for early drinking, this exceptional Barbaresco will enjoy a long life in your cellar.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 93 points:
"The Ca del Baio Estate 2005 Barbaresco Asili opens with a beguiling profile of dried roses, spices and raspberries. It possesses a compelling inner sweetness supported by finessed, silky-textured tannins. This bottling offers notable elegance and class, but then again, it is Asili. Anticipated maturity: 2010 - 2020."
Ca del Baio Barbaresco Marcarini 05
Seductive aromas of gingerbread, cherries, sweet rose petal, and orange zest. Very expressive for a young Barbaresco, with a generously textured and velvety mid-palate of black cherry and blueberry. A kiss of oak and plenty of licorice carries through the finish, with fine tannins. This bottling shines now with decating, but will be ideal with 4 plus years in the cellar.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92 points: "The 2005 Barbaresco Marcarini reveals a darker profile than the Valgrande. A large scaled, generous Barbaresco, it possesses attractive dark fruit, menthol and spices with tons of plumpness and density. Anticipated maturity: 2010 - 2019."
Sunset over the village of Barbaresco, Sept. 2007
Ca del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 05
Aromatic roses, cinnamon and licorice-accented cherry shows itself as fresh and bright on the nose. Austere on the palate, with structured black cherry and berry that presents a darker profile than the 2004. The most traditionally-styled of Ca del Baio's Barbarescos, the 05 Valgrande will age gracefully for well over a decade.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 90 points:
"The 2005 Barbaresco Valgrande is the freshest and most perfumed of these offerings. There is an attractive floral lift to the bright red cherry fruit as this wine continues to develop positively in the glass. The tannins remain a bit prominent, but the wine offers outstanding length and a pretty, refreshing finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017."
& Piedmont Inspired Wines
Marco e Vittorio Adriano Barbaresco 05
Classic Nebbiolo, in a restrained, traditional style. Bright pie cherry, menthol, licorice, and cinnamon come together to form a balanced wine. The tannins are still a bit tight, but the right food - speck and mortadella, for example - makes this come alive. An outstanding value in Barbaresco. One of Oregon's best known wine country restaurants, Nick's Italian Cafe, pours this by the glass!
A small farm situated in the Langhe hills, the wines are made from a 20 hectare vineyard. Grandfather Giuseppe planted the vineyard around 1900, and expanded with son Aldo. Now the winery is run by grandsons Marco and Vittorio. All of the vineyard and winery work is done by the family.
Cavatappi Nebbiolo Maddalena 02
Finally! There's hope for Northwest Nebbiolo. The Cavatappi turned the heads of many local critics at a recent Nebbiolo tasting, and for good reason. Textbook varietal characteristics of sweet licorice and roses on the nose, with a rich melange of dark cherries and plums that gush through the finish. This is drinking beautifully right now, and pairs very well with any hearty winter dish.
Washington State's Cavatappi Nebbiolo Maddalena is made from Yakima Valley grapes. Cavatappi is an Italian wine importer in Seattle that also bottles a few wines under the Cavatappi label.
Ca del Baio Cellars
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