Available at fine wine purveyors everywhere in early January
by Dwight Casimere
Arriving in the U.S. hand-in-hand with the New Year, is Tenuta Carretta Cascina Bordino Barbaresco Riserva ($39.99). A lean, bracing young wine with plenty of running room for long aging, this is a superb rendition of the Nebbiolo grape from northern Italy. Made from grapes grown on steep hillsides, with maximum exposure to the sun for lush, ripe fruitiness and sandy soil with silty, grey marly inserts, the wine is elegant and complex, bursting with ripe fruit. The wine is also well-balanced and elegant. Perfect for a Prime Rib or Dry Aged Porterhouse. Its also great with strong, ripe cheeses and slow-simmered savory dishes such as my all-time favorite, Osso Buco. This is a robust wine that carries itself with dignity. There are no rough edges here. Its all refinement. Tenuta Carretta has a long history associated with Nebbiolo wines and this is just one more chapter in a developing story of master craftsmanship.