Cleaning the Big Cellar - bargain Barolo & Barbaresco

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I had a look for images of Hercules cleaning the Augean stables – a dramatic metaphor for cleaning up the Big Cellar. You may recall that Hercules had to divert a river in order to get the job done; it turns out to be a difficult subject to depict, and I didn’t like what I found. But to the point: along with the most famous names and grand wines from the Big Cellar that we have gloried in over the years, there were a large quantity of unknown and lesser-known producers. Some still operate, but most have retired in one form, or otherwise moved on or transformed with a new generation. Based on similar bottles that I’ve tried over the years, these are well worth taking a shot – especially at these cellar-cleaning prices. Jamie Wolff

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Minuto, Fratelli 1964 Pertinace Antico Nebbiolo / Barbaresco

Described by Wasserman as "made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the Barbaresco Zone". Why it's not Barbaresco is anyone's guess. Pertinax, Roman Emperor for about 3 months in 190 ad, appears on the label. Pertinace carries on as the name in Barbaresco of a small wine growers coop.

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