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Expert Picks: COS and Bruno Giacosa

Posted on | July 1, 2013 | Written by Perry Porricelli | No Comments

PerryDifferent things influence me in choosing a wine. Sometimes it’s the mood I’m in. Sometimes it’s the producer or the grape. Other times, it’s a little more abstract, like the bottle’s shape. I don’t need a specific reason to try a wine, but I do need a specific reason to keep on drinking it: it’s got to be delicious. Here are two wines I’ve chosen recently for different reasons, and both tasted so good I was immediately reminded why I liked them the first time I ever drank them.

Drinking:

Cos Pithos 2010 $39.50

I was first drawn to this Sicilian beauty because I really liked the shape of the bottle. It looked like a bottle my grandfather used to use to bottle his wine–short and stout-shaped (kind of like my grandfather too!). Anyway, the wine is delicious. Black and red fruits mix with spicy tones and a touch of mushrooms—a little weird but irresistible to me. The bottle makes me want to grab it and take a glass, and once I taste it, I want to finish it all and set the bottle on my shelf!

Cellaring:

Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2008 $129.00

I was putting together a list of Barbaresco for one of my clients to add to his cellar and the first one that came to mind was Giacosa’s Asili vineyard, which I think represents pure, traditional Nebbiolo at its best. The 2008 is structured for the long haul and impeccably balanced. Once you’ve had this wine you know what Barbaresco should be like. This wine will age another 15-20 years—and this is only the white label! Imagine how great the red label (Giacosa’s Riserva) is! But that’s for another day. In the meantime, enjoy this ’08.

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