We usually have a bottle of barolo aging in our cellar. These big reds from the Italian Piedmont region are pricy and reserved for special occasions.
Here’s the next best thing. This wine — made just outside the Barolo region from the same grape — is less than half the price.
Guidobono uses steel-fermented nebbiolo that is oak-aged for a year. It’s younger than barolo, which has to be at least three years old before release.
This is an earthy and dry wine with flavors of dark red fruits and tannins that sit on your tongue long after the swallow.
Sherry: “Dry with big tannins and flavors of cherry, plum, cassis and a touch of mint.” (3.25 stars out of 5)
Chris: “A bouquet of leather and earth with spicy flavors of cherry, plum and very extended tannins.” (3.75 stars out of 5)
Available from $13.50 to $17.
Coming next week: Spellbound Petite Sirah