Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fancy Pants Wine: Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo Prapo 1999

Not exactly a barbecue wine, but it's always a good time for a good Barolo. This is an elegant, old-school Barolo which is entering its "drinkable" phase right about now. It has all the classic hallmarks of the region: roses, cherries, tar, and a subtle anise aroma that to my nose, says "Barolo". And the gorgeous tannins (wine geek alert) - aged Nebbiolo, the grape used to make Barolo, has a tannic structure like no other grape - firm and powerful, yet elegant and supremely refined.

Barolo is a dangerous habit - so stay away from this wine if you don't want to acquire it!

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