During Restaurant Week in Kalamazoo, MI, most downtown restaurants offer a special three-course meal for $25. My choice this year, as last, was Zazio's Italian Restaurant not only because of the high quality food but also for the excellent array of Italian wines, by the bottle and by the glass. In 2014, I had a glass of the excellent 2008 Franco Serra Barbaresco that was a perfect match for my braised beef entree. This year: braised beef again, this time with the 2010 Franco Serra Barbaresco. If you find a good thing, stick with it.
Dark cherries and roses, lots of roses. Dark licorice tones too, though not as prominent as in the 2008. Classic Nebbiolo traits. Less bold, more elegant than Barolo. Medium bodied with tannins that are barely noticeable but still there in large quantities. Gets better and better throughout the meal. 2010 was recognized as a top vintage in the Piedmont area of Italy, and I think this wine has at least 8 to 10 years of positive development ahead of it. Even at $14 a glass, it's a good value. And it sells retail for about $23--one of the best buys around.