Wine of the Day December 12, 2013

2010DeForvilleBarbaresco2010 De Forville, Barbaresco DOCG, Piedmonte, Italy.
Wow, this is pure Barbaresco and lovely, and it is priced right, a classic pretty Nebbiolo that delivers impressive layers and intensity at a great price, I highly recommend the whole line of De Forville wines, especially this one. The last 2 or 3 vintage have shown De Forville to be consistent and flavorful, but this latest set of wines including their Chardonnay and Nebbiolo(s) are major steps up with wines bursting with energy and depth, this Piedmonte winery is now hitting on all cylinders. The 2010 De Forville Barbaresco is vivid and bright with a subtle floral perfume, violets and dried roses lead the way along with mountain herbs, licorice and mineral spice before expanding on the medium weight palate to include black cherry, strawberry, balsamic notes, plum and iodine. There is just a hint of earth, truffle and tar in the background, but the zesty flavors show a fruit driven core and the tannins are silky, though firm, this Nebbiolo certainly with age a decade, though it is refined enough to enjoy now and I would do so, drink 2014 to 2020.
($35 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive