2001 Damilano Barolo

To put it simply, I love Nebbiolo. Because Rachel’s living/teaching in Italy’s Piedmont region, it’s been a bit of a focus for me lately… and when it’s done well, it’s really pretty magical stuff. It sneaks up on your taste buds – shocking them with flavours many don’t expect in red wine, especially if you’re a New World, fruit-bomb fan.

Once you allow yourself to open up to it, you can’t help but to love the stuff. The one drawback is that you can’t usually get your hands on a good one for less than $60-70 (CDN), which makes this wine a deal.

It comes from one of my finds (at least for me) from the Vancouver Festival. It’s an excellent example of what a good Barolo can bring to the table – it’s a complex mix of brandied cherry, plums, leather, tar, and spice along with a violet-floral thing going on. The flavours are pretty much what the nose hinted at… the cherry, plum, tar and spice lead into a lo-o-o-ong finish that lasts until the next sip.

A food match? It begs for some grilled or roasted meat.

This is a great bottle of wine for the money. Most Barolos that carry this kind of weight and taste cost a bunch more. The Wine Dictator gave this a healthy 92-point rating… and I pretty much agree. It’s fantastic stuff.

$49.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 1/2 stars