The Barbaresco I mentioned last week is now on the shelves in over a 100 LCBOs. I don’t usually get too excited over $20 wines but this brings something different to the scene – a high quality red wine available around the province, and a wine style that’s almost extinct. It will appeal to anyone looking for an alternative to the big, jammy, smooth reds that dominate the scene today. To anyone looking for grace over power.
Barbaresco dances to the same beat as Pinot Noir. The appearance and first impressions are deceptively pale and simple. Flavours, are delivered with poise rather than power. Charm replaces heft. The wine unfolds in its own time and not before refreshing and teasing you. This is wine in the old style. Mannerly, quite dry with a taste that goes beyond fruits – don’t even try to describe it.
Castello di Neive Barbaresco is the wine equivalent of good conversation and good courtship. It will engage you and leave you wanting more. Best with simply grilled meats – red or white. Enjoy over the next two years and lightly chill in the summer months.
CASTELLO di NEIVE 06 Barbaresco, Piedmont. Italy 160143 $19.95 (this was formerly a Vintages wine that sold for $23.95)