Friday Sips

Today July 20 from 1:30 - 6:30
A visit to Italy and a focus on one of Piedmont’s main grapes. Drop by this today to sample three offerings of Barbera from some of the area's finest.

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$13.99 BTL./$83.94 - SIX PACK

The James Brown of Barbera in our world…This is the hardest-working, most entertaining version of this grape that we sell for under 15 bucks! Brothers Dino and Gianni Bertolini receive molto praise for their wines and deservedly so, they are terrific!

Located in Incisa Scapaccino, which along with the village of Nizza Monferrato, is the spiritual heart of the Asti region of Piedmont. The 2016 Barbera D'Asti La Villa is the soulful driving force of the estate, the every evening, share with friends red. Aged entirely in stainless steel it is resoundingly fresh with smoky-earthy tones wrapped around vibrant but layered strawberry and cranberry characteristics. Mouthwatering and terrific with antipasti or grilled fish.

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$19.99 BTL./$119.94 - SIX PACK

From a scintillating Barbaresco producer who I visited at the end of May in Piedmont, Claudia and Silvia Cigliuti’s wines across the board are exceptional. The Neive area Serraboella slope delivers wines of structure and power. Two Barbera wines are produced and I adore them both, however, I tend to jump towards this offering on a personal preference, although the Campass is also special as well. In addition, if you have not had the chance to try the sisters’ Barbaresco wines, you owe it to yourself to do so, especially if you love the wines of this region.

From 25-55 year old vines in calcareous soil and aged mostly in large Slavonian casks, this wine delivers so much grandiose Barbera action for a mere 20 bucks. Persuasive, welcoming aromas of violet, red plum, ample earthy spice and a kiss of cinnamon. Power with silk and building snappy acidity, which aids in maintaining the wine’s ultimate poise and lift. Very long with lots of depth and litheness, enjoy this over the next 5-6 years with risotto, pasta with meat sauce, cured meats and mountain cheeses that aren’t too overpowering.

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$29.99 BTL./$359.88 CASE

The estate of Paolo Scavino is one of the historic producers in Barolo’s Castiglione Falletto. Founded in 1921 and having a long record of accomplishment, Paolo’s son Enrico placed them on the Barolo map. These days Enrico’s daughters Elisa and Enrica run this estate and their neo-classical approach has been received extremely well and the wines are absolutely stunning.

One of the wines that I tasted in my most recent visit to Piedmont, I thought this seamless Barbera was one of the finest of the entire trip. Made from a Cru vineyard in the Barolo commune of Roddi, Bricco Ambroggio’s Barbera vines for this special cuvee are 66 years old. Very vinous aromas that come in layers. The depth here is very impressive with waves of cherry, hints of cocoa with minerality and energy coming from the limestone. Shapely, classy with coolness and finesse beneath the saturated flavors that are held together nicely with elevated Barbera briskness. Extends and spreads out on the palate then lasts for an eternity, this wine doesn’t play! Drink this impressive Barbera over the next decade.