Alba, Cuneo

Cesare Bussolo

Santa Lucia Barbera d'Alba 2017

Lyle Fass
9.4

Sick nose. Red berry fruit. Loads of it. Sense of deepness and richness. Some spice and saline notes as well. Palate is juicy, complex and has terrific freshness and so much minerality. Wow what’s this? A mineral driven Barbera? Yes it is. Great cut and juiciness with some good berry fruit but this has st Joseph like fresh minerals that are just delightful. Terrific depth and structure. Even seems a bit young, as does most very serious Barbera which this is. Long persistent finish of black and red berry fruit and beautiful minerals and substantial tannins. Really really long. after air the nose really gets going. Super complex gamey, earthy and mineral notes. Man it’s like if old school Cornas (mineral style like cuchet/Fauterie) mated with very serious Barbera. As this airs more fruit comes out but it never sheds its mineral core. This is terrific. Great power and depth. This will age for at least 10-13 years. Will be back more as it airs. — 12 hours ago

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John Howard

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Sounds great.
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@John Howard nothing like very serious Barbera

Famiglia Lanzavecchia

Superiore Barbera d'Alba 2018

Really nice standard Barbera. Peppery and bright. — 2 days ago

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Giacomo Borgogno & Figli

Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017

Great cherries in the opening, very smooth nice Italian acids, a bit tart. Nice oaky vanillas. Easy taninne
— 17 days ago

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Mauro Sebaste

Centobricchi Langhe Bianco 2017

This 100% Viognier is a star bright green gold. Old bananas and fresh white flowers on the abundant nose. Full bodied complex palate yields all sorts of stuff: banana, magnolia petal, underripe and overripe tropical fruits, white pepper, white peach, and on and on. Finish is medium long and doesn’t fade into that darkness typical of many white Rhône varieties. Medium minus acidity, of course. This is classic Viognier. Very varietally typical in every way. Enjoy on its own or with rich “white wine” dishes , especially cream sauces or roasts poultry. Drink now through 2022. — 4 days ago

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Winston Jones

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I don’t think I’ve ever had a Viognier from Italy!sounds interesting.
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@Winston Jones - I’m finding that the regions close to “other places” (Alto Adige, Piemonte, Valle d’Osta, Lombardia) do remarkably well with varieties from those “other places.” Piemonte isn’t that far from the Rhône. I got a Condrieu in this month’s WFL case. Should be an interesting comparison.

Ferdinando Principiano

Dosset Dolcetto d'Alba 2018

This was pretty solid for a dolcetto. Hard to go wrong with Principiano. — 5 days ago

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Eredi Lodali

Sant'Ambrogio Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016

John Howard
9.0

Great value Nebbiolo. Light, pretty, mildly tannic, spicy, rosy and juicy. — 11 days ago

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Cascina Sot

Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2018

Lyle Fass
9.0

Super floral and very pretty nose. Lilacs and violets. Some berry fruit. Very refined and aromatic. Palate is concentrated, sappy and pure. Deep berry fruit. High acidity but never jarring. Balanced, pure and deep. Confectionary sweetness on the finish. — 6 days ago

Rob, Aravind and 6 others liked this

Cascina Sot

Sòt Dolcetto d'Alba 2019

Lyle Fass
8.9

Grapey nose, some nice earth and cherry berries. Spice. Mineral. Floral. Really has opened up. Was but simple before air. Juicy and balanced palate with nice tangy purple Dolcetto fruit. Nice freshness and tang. — 6 days ago

Rob, Aravind and 4 others liked this

Bruno Giacosa

Nebbiolo d'Alba 2017

Musky, rose, raspberry, spray can sunscreen smell, which is actually nice and reminds me of the beach, light ruby red, acidic bite that is long and thorough but not jarring or overpowering, tannin are similar but less pronounced, ending it strawberry raspberry acidic that comes after a semi wet sand forward body — 19 hours ago

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G.D. Vajra

Dolcetto d'Alba 2017

Great QPR Italian wine. Will def develop more depth with time, but easy drinking now. Cheers to Friday night wine zoom! — 18 days ago

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