A Serious 92 Point Barbaresco Under $30

October 12, 2012 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

2008 Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco NubiolaWe recently tried a restaurant called Davanti Enoteca in Chicago’s Little Italy, so naturally we brought an Italian wine to enjoy with dinner.  I’ll get to the wine shortly, but it’s worth mentioning that the food and the service were both fantastic.  From the white anchovy salad, to the Mascarpone polenta with beef short rib ragu served on a wooden cutting board, to the braised rabbit cannelloni, the food was rustic but sophisticated and tasted outrageously good.  The style was similar to a meal I ate at Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, but the food at Davanti was much better (and much less expensive).

On to the wine.  Such a delicious meal demanded an equally delicious wine and luckily we made a good choice.  The 2008 Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola is a Nebbiolo with serious intentions.  Aromas of bright cherry and mint waft from the glass of this deep ruby colored wine.  On the palate this is a big wine – more Barolo than Barbaresco – with a balance of fruit and acid that suggests it will continue to develop for 5 years and drink well for at least a decade.  Likely more.  In typical Nebbiolo fashion, the finish is lengthy.

With 92 from Robert Parker’s man Antonio Galloni and 91 from IWC, this is a very well reviewed wine.  LA Wine Co. beats the next lowest price in the country by over $3 and with $25 case shipping for blog readers, this is one of the best deals of the year.  If you are a fan of the wines of Piedmont, get in on this!

Buy Here:  2008 Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola $29.95

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Wine Advocate 92 points

“The 2008 Barbaresco Nubiola wafts from the glass with crushed flowers, sweet herbs, licorice and spices, all of which add complexity to the fruit. The Nubiola is deceptively medium in body. With time it fleshes out beautifully, showing terrific richness for the vintage. A firm, poised finish has the last say. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023.

These are among the finest wines I have ever tasted from Giorgio Pelissero. The 2008 harvest was very much on the later side and began in mid-October. The Vanotu was aged in 100% new French oak barrels, while the Nubiola and Tulin were aged approximately 60% in cask and 40% used French oak. Pelissero credits higher-quality barrels as one of the main reasons his wines are more elegant than in the past, but he isn’t giving himself enough credit.”

International Wine Cellar 91 points

“Good deep red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, plum, tobacco, menthol and rose. Sweet, suave and lush but in need of a bit more inner-mouth clarity of flavor. Offers a good blend of sweetness, acidity and serious, building tannins but these elements need a few more years in bottle to come into better harmony.” (IWC)


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