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Italian Drinking and Planning


Happy Friday from Andy at Northwest Wine Inc.

I’m solidifying my plans for a wine-scouting trip to Italy this May. Nothing helps with the planning process quite like a bottle of knockout Barbaresco from one of my favorite Italian producers, Ca del Baio. I can’t wait to go there.

You can take my word for it and check out the fantastic review from the Wine Advocate.

This is a pure, expressive, amazing wine at a downright reasonable price. Marcus and I already have some in our cellars – the rest is for you!

Ca del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2010
Wine Advocate 94 points
$29.65 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* (retail $32.95)
Gorgeous Nebbiolo that is pure and elegant. Sure, it has a structured backbone that will make for long-term cellaring but we seem to find excuses to open bottles regardless. Especially good with roasted meats.

“These are some of the best wines from Barbaresco. The 2010 Barbaresco Valgrande delivers a heightened sense of elegance and feminine restraint. The bouquet is redolent of cola, tar, blue flower, rosehip with faint hints of exotic spice. The tight grip of the tannins – firm without being astringent – gives this wine the attributes needed for longer cellar time. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.” – Wine Advocate

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