Posted 05 September 2002 - 07:34 AM
Is there such thing as a good, inexpensive Barolo or am I fantasizing too much? Or have all the dentists on Long Island hoarded all the good ones? Do you know of any vintners making any good domestically produced nebbiolo-based wines? There are only two to my knowledge, neither of which I have tried:
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Posted 10 September 2002 - 08:17 AM
Some Barolo and Barbaresco prices have gotten a little out of control (Gaja), but in general what you're getting now is a much different ballgame than 10, 20 years ago. From my perspective, Barolo rates with the great wines of the world (it is the Burgundy of Italy) and it can still be had for well under $100 a bottle. Barolo is riding a string a great vintages (1995-2001, with 96 & 97 the highlights), so there's lots of good wine to be found right now.
Good value Barolo producers:
Rocche dei Manzoni
Good value Barbaresco producers
Produttori del Barbaresco
Posted 10 September 2002 - 08:38 AM
Posted 10 September 2002 - 09:42 AM
One thing I will say is that if you compare wine prices here to those in Europe, you will drive yourself crazy. No doubt our liquor laws are arcane and antiquated, but when you're paying hundreds for decent Burgundies and $60-$100 for great Barolos, I consider the latter a value. And yes, I do place Barolo on the same plane as Burgundy--maybe not a La Tache plane, but...