For our final installment of *Behind the Glass,* we are featuring the great wines of Italy. Again, these wines that live in our temperature-controlled glass case at the rear of the store may not be for everybody’s wallet, but there are plenty back there that could be your one splurge for the year. Most are expensive but there are some gems back there that can be had for less than $100.
Just because they live behind glass, doesn’t mean they are not within your grasp.
Without a doubt my favorite of all Barolo producers. Dating back to the 20’s, this is the house of classic ‘old school’ Barolo. Deep, rich, powerful, it is one of those wines that a wine lover must experience. Francia is only produced in good years, so any vintage is really good to great.
Emidio Pepe is a unique and rare producer! Biodynamic, hand harvested and destemmed, then aged in glass lined tanks before bottling unfined and unfiltered. There the bottles lay in the dark cellar and upon release each bottle is hand decanted into a new bottle and labeled. They are now on their 5th generation of winemakers and nothing has really changed since the very beginning. This medium to full bodied, rustic wine has been my benchmark for Italian wine for years with it’s combination of earth, spice box, and leather finishing with chewy tannins and hints of coffee and iron. To me: this is Italy!
Inspired and coached by the Master (Quintarelli), Romano launched in 1957 and even his labels are like his teacher. He takes extreme care in making his wines and this is what Valpolicella is all about. Deeply rich, tar, smoke, incense, jam all rolled into a powerhouse with class and elegance. Scoring high (92 Wine Spectator, 93 Robert Parker, and 94 Vinous) this is an incredible bottle to enjoy.
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