This bottle is made by two brothers who fully embrace Piedmontese winemaking tradition, and it shows each year in their majestic Barolos. They farm one of the best vineyards in Monforte d’Alba, Bussia, with an emphasis on sustainability in an effort to bring in top-quality fruit that will follow a smooth and organic path to winehood, resting for years in large oak casks before it is ready to see the world. What’s more, their 2014 does not require the extensive aging that brings most Barolo to its peak: this one is ripe for the picking. Don’t miss out on a charming, approachable wine with the classic “tar and roses” nose, dusty red fruit, and gorgeous ruby hue of traditionally made piemontese Nebbiolo. Save your blockbuster vintages for the cellar, and enjoy the lovely 2014 today.
Tonight, I marveled at the amazing color of Massimo Benevelli’s Barbera—a vivid, regal, dark purple. His wines often have an opacity uncommon in Piedmont that hints at the unique nature of the vineyard’s marl and limestone slopes, as well as Massimo’s light touch in the cellar. This Barbera tastes as good as it looks, too, with a mouthful of dark, balsamic-drizzled, berry fruit. The bottling has a bit of Barolo-like structure and grip, but there’s nothing Barolo-like about the price, so stock up.
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