This is a little treasure I found at Trader Joe's for $5.99. It's really a baby Barolo, mainly Nebbiolo with probably a little Sangiovese. The label claims that it's declassified Barolo and Barbaresco, and after tasting it several times, I believe it.
It's a medium deep color, turning a little brown but still with good brilliance. Bouquet forming nicely--roses, black licorice, cassis--everything you expect from a Barolo. Lots of depth and brilliance. On the palate, autumnal fruit elements are just beginning to appear. Very big but also mellow and charming. The fruit flavors are the same as the bouquet; they are very concentrated and at a good stage of maturity.
The vintage now being sold at Trader Joe's is the 2002. It is also very good and might be preferred by those who are not into mature wines. I also have several bottles of the 2000, and it may be the best vintage of the three. I think all three will continue to mature to at least age 12.
Inexpensive Nebbiolo is very hard to find these days, and this is a very good example.