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 1961 Pertinace Antico Nebbiolo / Barbaresco

These bottles are, in fact, Barbaresco, and are described by Wasserman as "made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the Barbaresco Zone". The Roman emperor Pertinax was born in Alba; when the market for Barbaresco (and Barolo) was not good in the 1960's, Pertinax (or Pertinace) made an appearance on some labels in an attempt to boost sales.  Pertinace carries on as the name in Barbaresco of a small wine growers coop.
Pertinax was one of the shortest reigning emperors, lasting for just 3 months in the year 192 before he was assassinated. His namesake wine is very good!

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Minuto, Fratelli 1964 Pertinace Antico Nebbiolo / Barbaresco

These bottles are, in fact, Barbaresco, and are described by Wasserman as "made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the Barbaresco Zone". The Roman emperor Pertinax was born in Alba; when the market for Barbaresco (and Barolo) was not good in the 1960's, Pertinax (or Pertinace) made an appearance on some labels in an attempt to boost sales.  Pertinace carries on as the name in Barbaresco of a small wine growers coop.
Pertinax was one of the shortest reigning emperors, lasting for just 3 months in the year 192 before he was assassinated. His namesake wine is very good!



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