Saturday, December 19, 2009

Aged Nebbiolo At A Bargain Price

Have you ever enjoyed aged Nebbiolo? If not, you could buy some recent Nebbiolo wines, at good prices, and cellar them for twenty years or so. Or you could attempt to buy some twenty-year old Nebbiolo, though likely at a very high price. Aged wines often do not come cheap.

But sometimes you can find a bargain and should take advantage of it when you can. Such an opportunity exists now and I highly recommend you check it out, especially if you love Italian wines, aged wines, or just good wine in general.

A couple months ago, I tasted the wines of Antonio Cerri, Nebbiolo based wines from the tiny Boca region of Italy. You should read my prior post for additional information about this producer. I got to taste wines extending as far back as 1984, wines that are 25 years old! These were generally amazing wines, still very vibrant, and likely to continue aging for another 20 years or more.

This past week, I got to taste the wines again at Vintages in Belmont. Jeannie Rogers of Adonna Imports hosted a public tasting of the wines and I was pleased to retaste all of the wines, including the vintages of 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1991. When comparing my notes from the initial tasting, I actually found a couple of the vintages showing even better than when I first tasted them. This might partially be due to bottle variation.

My main reason for attending the tasting though was to actually purchase some of the wines, which have just come onto the market. Only Adonna Imports is bringing them into the U.S., and supplies are limited. After the first tasting, I knew I wanted to buy some of the Cerri wines and the retasting only confirmed my intentions.

The price for these wines? Only $58, which I consider a true bargain. These are rare, aged Nebbiolo, which are incredibly delicious and complex. They will continue to age well. Most comparable Nebbiolo would likely sell for a much higher price. If this type of wine appeals to you, then I highly recommend you buy some. You won't regret it.

32 Leonard Street
Belmont Center, MA
Phone: 617-484-4560


The Wine Whore said...

You have me sold!

Do they ship?

Richard Auffrey said...

I am not sure, and their website does not say. Could always contact them to see if they can.