Blockbuster Italian Barbaresco Lands
Well, hello. Today we have a blockbuster wine for Italian wine lovers as well as fans of super expressive red wines.
La Ganghija Barbaresco just arrived in the store last week and we couldn't be more thrilled. We aerated and decanted La Ganghija and served it with a thick rib eye steak grilled on the Big Green Egg with olive oil and fresh herbs from the garden (at least the ones the baby rabbits didn't eat). It was oh so ah-mazing.
Located in the "Giacosa", "Bricco di Treiso" and "Giacone" areas of Piedmont, this Barbaresco was fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in French and Slavonian oak casks for 24 months followed by 12 months aging in bottle prior to release.
This gorgeous red wine has a complex structure with notes of wild berries, black cherries, and just a hint of licorice and vanilla spice.
La Ganghija is warm and embracing with extraordinary persistence and freshness on the finish. While this wine can easily age for 20-30 years, it's also drinking great right now when aerated and served in large glasses. It's the best of both worlds!
Our recommendation is to purchase a few cases and open one bottle every year to see how it evolves with time. The only trouble is that it's drinking beautifully right now, so good luck with that.
La Ganghija Barbaresco (DOCG) 2016
"Enzo Rapalino from Treiso triumphed with his 2015 at the Decanter World Wine Awards, and the 2016, which is aged in barriques as well as large casks, is of comparable quality. It's very ripe on the nose but without jamminess, displaying vibrant cherry and raspberry aromas. The attack is fresh and lively, and the mid-palate is concentrated with ripe tannins and acidity. It's animated and zesty, with real flair, energy and length. Should age well, but accessible young. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035." (Decanter Magazine)
Decanter Magazine: 93 points
$52.99/bottle or $508.70/12 pack case ($42.39/bottle). This is a serious wine for Italian wine lovers. Definitely cellar worthy, company worthy, you name it.
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Vulka Etna Bianco 2017
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Vulka Etna Rosso 2016
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