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Expert Picks: Seghesio and Sandrone

Posted on | November 26, 2013 | Written by Perry Porricelli | No Comments

1972All my clients know how much I love Barolo. But a serious Barolo usually requires serious time in the cellar, and I can’t always be patient. The balance is finding Barolos to enjoy now as you wait for them to age and to grow even more beautiful. I wanted to share a pair of recent wines I’ve enjoyed, both one you can drink now and one that needs to age. Don’t be mistaken, though, even the one you can drink now will happily live a decade or more in your cellar!

Drinking:

Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2004 $69.90

I am always looking for a drinkable Barolo without dipping into too deep into our older vintages—something that’s easily affordable and delicious at the same time. Only a few producers can pull off this combination and Seghesio is one of them. Although this wine would rest for ten more years in the cellar with a little decanting (one or two hours should do it), this ’04 drinks remarkably well. Beautiful wild cherry fruits with a touch meatiness and earthiness. This Riserva has an elegance to it that allows the wine to glide easily across the palate–just as a more mature Barolo should. This wine is definitely a short cut to a drink-me-now Barolo.

Cellaring:

Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2008 $149.99

I have had older vintages of this wine recently and they really blew me away. It’s just a top-of-the-line Nebbiolo full of power and grace. I decided to try a younger vintage that we just received just to see where it stood, and I was not surprised. It had all the makings of an almost perfect Barolo—all it needs is time. With five more years of aging, this wine will be drinkable practically right out of the bottle! This ’08 can easily age fifteen or twenty years for sure.

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