Excellent Value “Barolo”

1982BriccoAsiliI have often told people looking for value Barolo or Barbaresco to buy one now (and wait 10-20 years), or look elsewhere. Sorry but many believe this expression of Nebbiolo is built for aging and needs much time to soften.

 

 

However…if you like the Nebbiolo grape here are some lesser known (less expensive) varietal alternatives:

Roero DOCG- Minimum 95% Nebbiolo

Gattinara DOCG– Minimum 90% Nebbiolo (locally Spanna); maximum 10% Uva Rara; maximum 4% Vespolina

Ghemme DOCGMinimum 85% Nebbiolo (locally Spanna); maximum 15% Uva Rara and/or Vespolina.

Some other Piedmont regions to look for on the label:

*Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC100% Nebbiolo (best pure Nebbiolo value)

Langhe DOC– Nebbiolo labeled- Minimum 85% Nebbiolo

Alba DOC–  70–85% Nebbiolo; 15–30% Barbera; maximum 5% other reds

Some others from Lombardy:

Valtellina Superiore DOCG– Minimum 90% Nebbiolo

Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG– Minimum 90% Nebbiolo

best value for drinking now- Valtellina Rosso/Rosso di Valtellina DOC- Minimum 90% Nebbiolo

2013VilladeiLadri 2013VilladeiLadri_backHere is a beauty of the Langhe that I discovered at the Wine Cellar, visiting a friend in Red Bank, NJ- Villa die Ladri (House of Thieves)- 80% Nebbiolo and 20% Barbera.

 

More reading:

A great article on Alto Piemonte which is another source of value for Nebbiolo based wines.

Excellent maps of Barolo

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How to buy the best Barolo

2013 Wine Spectator Top 100 under $20- the bargains.

2001_CVNE_GranReserveThis is the short list of wines, from the annual Wine Spectator Top 100 List, that are under $20.

Last years list contained 27 wines under $20, this years, only 16.

You know the drill…

Ranking/wine/price. Red wines are colored red. If I have tried the wine, and would recommend purchasing, it is TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

 #100- Badia a Coltibuono Toscana Cancelli- $10 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#69- Boutari Naoussa-$18

#68- Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard- $15 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#56- Robert Eymael (Mönchhof) Riesling QbA Mosel- $17

#55- A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon- $18 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#53-Domäne Wachau Riesling Federspiel Trocken Wachau Terrassen- $13

#52- Paringa Shiraz South Australia- $11

#51- Charles Smith Riesling Columbia Valley Kung Fu Girl Evergreen- $12 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#43- Godelia Godello Bierzo Selección- $14

#41-Red Heads Studio Shiraz McLaren Vale Barrel Monkeys

#39- Viña Herminia Rioja Excelsus- $18

#36- Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva- $20 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#35- Château du Retout Haut-Médoc- $18

#34- Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Inspiración Selección- $20

#33- Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry- $17 TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED.

#32- Bodegas Hidalgo Gitana Manzanilla Jerez La Gitana- $19

 

The #1 wine of the year (2004 Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva) at $63  is no bargain. However I discovered the 2001 vintage (pictured above)- which is probably drinking better right now, for under $40! Score. TOLERANT TASTER APPROVED. 

Please let me know if you have tried any of these and give your opinion.

Top 100 VALUE wines of 2012

It’s that time of year…Wine Spectator recently released their list of the Top 100 wines of 2012.

Due to personal preferences I can’t tell you whether you will really love all of the wines on the list or not. However, if it is under $20, (I also include exactly $20) and makes this list, it probably is a solid value.

Last years list only contained 12 wines under $20- this years has 27. Also, I am noticing a large number of wines coming from South America.

Hint: just because they might not have made this years list- the 2011 list are still good wines to try!

Here are the VALUES (ranking/Score/Price)…
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“Top 100” Wine Values 2011

Every year at this time the wine world waits for the Wine Spectator to release their opinion of the top 100 Wines of the Year. Just because a publication rates and ranks them for you doesn’t guarantee you will like them.

However I think this list is a great place to search out value (under $20) wines/producers that you may not have tried.

Here is the short list of value wines from their list. There is something here for every wine type-why not try a few over the holidays?

#21 (94 Rating) 2009 Georges Duboeuf- Morgon Jean Descombes- $15. (Pictured here) If you like Beaujolais Nouveau you will love this wine! It is 100% Gamay grapes but has a little more body since it is a “higher” level wine. Tolerant Taster approved for the holidays.

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#23 (93 Rating) 2004 Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Ribera del Duero de Restia Crianza Selected Harvest- $15. I haven’t had this wine but I like the producer. If you like Spanish wine, this is a 2004 so it is probably drinking really well right now.  Why not give it a try?

#33 (92 Rating) 2008 Château Tanunda Shiraz Barossa Grand Barossa 2008- $18– Australian wine is still a great value. If you like Syrah it’s the same grape. This is on my list to try.

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#42 (90 Rating) 2008 Quinta de Cabriz Dão- $9. A full bodied Spicy red for under $10. Zinfandel or Cabernet alternative.

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#43 (90 Rating) Gruet Blanc de Noirs New Mexico NV (Non vintage)- $14. One of my favorite inexpensive USA sparkling wine producers. Made in New Mexico? Yes! And it is excellent, for the price. Tolerant Taster approved for the holidays.

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#59 (90 Rating) 2008 Bodegas Dinastía Vivanco Rioja Selección de Familia Crianza- $18. Spanish white that is an alternative to the common white wines.

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#60  (90 Rating) 2008 Allegrini Veronese Palazzo della Torre- $20. I know I said “under $20” but Allegrini makes great value Italian wines. Amarone lovers will enjoy this easy drinking red. Tolerant Taster approved for the holidays.

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#68 (90 Rating) 2009 Buehler Zinfandel Napa Valley- $18. Any wine with Napa Valley appellation listed on the label costs more (it’s true). Great value for Zin lovers.

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#70 (90 Rating) 2009 Morgan Chardonnay Monterey Metallico Un-Oaked-$20. The only Chardonnay on this short list. If you like a cleaner style chardonnay (crisp, fruity) this could be a great find.

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#71 (90 Rating) 2010 Bodegas Godeval Valdeorras Vina Godeval 2010-$18. I had to google this one… 100% Godello (native Spanish grape varietal). Sauvignon Blanc lovers should try this as it has similar flavor descriptions (grapefruit, minerality).

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#72 (90 Rating) 2009 Ravines Riesling Finger Lakes Dry-$16. Domestic, dry Riesling should go well with almost all foods including Chinese/thai takeout.

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#73 (90 Rating) 2007 Fratelli Oddero Barbera d’Alba-$20. Barbera is one of my favorite everyday red wines-due to it’s high acidity it goes really well with pizza, pasta. Chianti alternative. This is on my list to purchase.

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 As always, please let me know if you like these wines…