For October we transitioned to our new feature table from Dry Rose' to a more seasonally appropriate 'Spotlight on Nebbiolo'. As many of you are aware, this northern Italian variety comes in a range of styles - from the (sometimes) simple Langhe Nebbiolo, to the more serious, noble, and ageworthy 'King of Italian wines' - Barolo. For our past two Saturday in-store tastings we have poured over ten different examples, all of which have showcased the beautiful range of styles this grape produces. These are truly wines 'of place'; elegant, complex and full of character.  Of all the wines highlighted so far, two clearly stood out as favorites - both for the staff and the customers...

A. Settimo Barolo 'Rocche Dell'Annuziata' 2010

Considered one of the top growing areas in all of Barolo, the Rocche Dell'Annuziata in La Morra is an amazing site, with fertile clay-calcerous soils, combined with perfect exposition and altitude.  The 2010 is full-bodied and elegant, with soft mouthfilling tannins and gorgeously expressive perfume.  The vintage has been called a 'modern day classic'. The wine is amazingly approachable now, yet has the balance and raw material to age easily for 10-15 years.


G. Fennocchio Barolo 'Bussia' 2011

Another top site, Bussia is located in Monforte D'Alba.  The fruit grown here produces wines of outstanding character.  Dark and earthy, with excellent structure and crisp, clean aromas of deep red fruits, rose petals, and hints of licorice.  For over five generations, this family has practiced traditional winemaking in Barolo; meticulous work in the vineyards, all natural yeast for fermentation, and lots of patience - the wine is aged for two years in large Slavonian oak casks and another year in the bottle. The result is a stunning example of Barolo.




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