Budget Wine: Rosa dell’Olmo Barbaresco 2010

rosa dell oro barbarescoBarbaresco is Barolo’s little brother, made from the same Nebbiolo grape varietal but less tannic, more delicate, and less expensive. But usually not this inexpensive! When I saw a Barbaresco for under $10 at Trader Joe’s I thought it was another too-good-to-be-true bargain.

But this is actually quite good. Dead on Nebbiolo aromas of dried flowers, sour  cherry, and lots of earth, positively filthy in a good way. The very  same flavors predominate on the palate but they are simple and without much depth. Furry tannins, typical in a young Babaresco and high acidity with thin fruit at the midpalate makes the texture a little rough. The finish is long but tart with some bitterness, again typical of less expensive Italian wines. For this price this is a great introduction to one of Italy’s great wine regions.

Score: 87

Price: $9

Alc: 13.5%

You will want to drink this with music that is earthy but austere, bittersweet like Nina Simone’s version of “Since I Fell For You”

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