Monday, December 26, 2016

Bergadano Langhe Nebbiolo, 2008

I opened this Langhe Nebbiolo for Christmas dinner for the benefit of guests who prefer the vigor of youth to the complexity of mature wine. And there were some who preferred it to the more expensive Barolo and Barbaresco beside it.

Deep color. Smells and flavors more like that of Barolo. Cherries, licorice, rose petals--yes. Vigor and power. Stays strong in the bottle--and improves--for four days after being re-corked. I paid $130 for a case of this at Binny's in Chicago several years ago and have never regretted it. If you're hesitant about laying down big money for Barolo and Barbaresco, you can do just fine with Langhe Nebbiolo. (My favorite, of course, is Vietti's Perbacco, but it's difficult to find that wine for less than $25--not much less than the price I usually pay at auction for aged Barolo and Barbaresco.)

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