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Italian red value, 90 points

Last updated 3 years ago

 
This is one of those times when we already knew we thought a wine was a great buy, and then a critic agreed.  
 
Being the grape that goes into the noble, famous, and often great wines that are Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is not often thought of as making inexpensive value wines.  It usually does not produce such wines since it is fickle in the vineyard and difficult to tame in the winery.  There are a few in the $25-$35 range that I do think are tremendous values, but I know the sweet spot for a lot of people is under $20.  In that price range for Nebbiolo, it's slim pickings, and most are so volume-focused that they lose much of the varietal character that makes Nebbiolo so appealing to fans of Piedmont reds or of Italian reds in general.
 
You can probably see this coming.  Here's one that's under $20 and is really nice.  It's true to grape and place and, most importantly, is a real pleasure to drink.  It will definitely be in my regular rotation at home.
 
Here's the Wine Specator review:
 
"Cherry, tobacco and leather aromas and flavors highlight this juicy red. Raspberry and floral accents add depth, giving this the structure to develop over the short term. Drink now through 2020."
90 points
 
Here's the deal:
2012 Rocca Giovanni Nebbiolo d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
90 WS
 
Regular Price: $17.99
 
Email Special: $14.99 net
 
Email Case Special: $13.99net/bottle on 12+
 
 
Please email leahdion@dionswine.com for the case special and let us know where you'd like to pick up your wine.  For smaller orders, you can reply or come in, but be sure to ask for the email pricing.  
 
 
The wine is in stock at all locations. 
Thanks for reading!
 
-Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE

 

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