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VIETTI “Perbacco” Nebbiolo Langhe 2016

(Piedmont, Italy) $28

Who doesn’t love Barolo? (Made from nebbiolo grapes, it can seem like pinot noir’s edgy, handsome older brother). The only problem is price. The great Barolos are very limited in production and require one to hock the family jewels to afford them. But wines like Vietti’s Perbacco put nebbiolo within the realm of possibility. Of course, nebbiolo from the general Langhe area won’t have all the exquisite nuance of a great Barolo. But with a rich, meaty pasta Bolognese or with some great Italian cheeses, this wine shines. I love nebbiolo’s notes of tar, espresso, cola, sea salt, and that incredible hint of roses. It’s an unusual set of flavors and aromas, and you only get them together from this one grape. (14% abv)

90 points KM

Available at Vivino.com

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