Grape eaters; detail from the "Garden of Earthly Delights", Hieronymous Bosch, c 1490-1510, Prado Madrid

The heart of classic Barolo: Franco-Fiorina, Prunotto, and Francesco Rinaldi

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"We’re…..aghast...shocked...breathless with heart-pounding STOKE right now."

I stole this immortal line from another merchant's recent offer. Despite the fact that we often do experience heart-pounding STOKE when contemplating the wines that we're selling, I lack the imagination (and perhaps the nerve) to dramatize, never mind contemplate new language usage. We want to communicate our genuine excitement without driving you crazy with exclamation points and bold type; how many times can you cry wolf? Like most of the afficianadoes I know, I receive dozens of wine solicitations every day; whatever one's disposition, it's not an easy thing to reinvent the wine sales pitch.

 

I'm the first to admit that I'm living the life when it comes to Nebbiolo, enjoying a steady stream of new and old wine that ranges from serious treat to monumental. Yet despite this state of earthly bliss, I would in fact experience some heart-pounding STOKE any time a bottle from one of these three producers appears on the table. These are three of the greats, yet sometimes overlooked. Fiorina in particular remains an excellent buy for excellent quality wine. Jamie Wolff

 

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Rinaldi, Francesco 1971 Barolo Vigna del Gioch - Cannubio Cavalieri del Tartufo

A special bottling: in translation the label reads: This wine comes from a part of the 1500 bottles bottled at the Cantina, and was selected in the spring of 1980 by the Master tasters of the Order of the Knights of the Truffle and the Wines of Alba" The Rinaldi Barolo 1971 is a great bottle of wine, so this too should be very special. Jamie Wolff

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