Damilano Levinquevigne 2011 Barolo

by J.T.

Y'all know I'm an Italian girl. I can get on board with all kinds of varietals and blends from my homeland.

But this Barolo?

Be still my heart.

Hubby and I had this phenomenal Damilano Levinquevigne 2011  Barolo at Bice in San Diego. Verdict: this combo platter of five different Nebbiolos is a blend well worth your attention. 
 

Tasting Notes

The nose was almost too easy: lush berries, orange, tobacco, rose and violet, but the finish was heady tannins and rough leather. 

Price Point

You can find it for a very reasonable $17.84.

Pairings

We had this with a cheese pairing, 7 different kinds of Italian cheeses, including a smoked provolone that made the smoke in this Barolo stand up and howl. No doubt it'd be delicious accompanied with gamey meats.

Joel Gott Zinfandel 2013

by Amy

Looking for a lighter red under $20?

I think I may have something for you.

Joel Gott Zinfandel's 2013 vintage is a bit earthy on the nose, with hints of sage, rosemary, and plum—a bit fruity without being too jammy, thanks to some leather and tobacco notes. A little acid and silky tannins round out a nice, long finish. 

If you're looking for a lighter red this spring (maybe to go with some aromatic Cinco de Mayo fare?), this one's a good buy at $18.99.

Boroli Barolo

by J.T.

Ahh, the classics. The pillars that have withstood the test of time. And in a cacophony of pitches like Try Our New ______ and Now Better Than Ever!, it's no small task to emerge as a beloved staple of . . . well, anything. Sometimes it's nice to revisit an ol' reliable. After all, they are our old reliables for a reason, aren't they?

I don't know if you can get any more classic than a beautiful Barolo wine. 
 

Barolo is one of Italy's most prized and beloved wines. In fact, the varietal itself has a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation, which basically assures (a) its origin and (b) its quality. Grown in northern Italy's Piedmont region, the complex Barolo is comprised of nebbiolo grapes and ages just beautifully. 

And this particular Barolo I've got for you is a force to be reckoned with.
 

On the nose, the Boroli Barolo has ripe red fruits and the heady scents of leather and tobacco. The palate delivers notes of blackberries, oak, vanilla, and even a little espresso, with firm, long-lasting tannins on the finish. This would pair excellently with anything richly savory, like a beef bourguignon, perhaps.  

It's a well-worth-it splurge at $46.99. Maybe something for your Valentine's table?


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