2012 Hilberg-Pasquero, Vareij, Vino Rosso, Piedmonte, Italy.
I know I just reviewed the 2011, but it sold out lightening fast, and the 2012 Vareij is here and it is just as lovely, coming from Hilberg-Pasquero’s organic, biodynamic estate vines. The Vino Rosso Vareij is a savvy blend of dry Bracchetto and Barbera, this unique and daring cuvee from Hilberg shows perfume, zest and spicy character with plush Barbara fleshiness. The 2012 is vibrant, racy and detailed with blackberry, cherry and plum fruit, but with exotic heady scents and tastes of rose oil, dried violets and botanical extracts lifted by juicy acidity and savory elements and peppercorns along with earth, cranberry, red peach, sweet basil and lavender. This medium bodied red is dry and crisp and can be enjoyed slightly chilled making it a lovely summer wine and it will go with many cuisines. While it certainly will entertain, it won’t be for anyone especially those that are put off by floral wines because it is similar to Ruche and can be like drinking liquid flowers, though I really love it and will be savoring a few bottles this summer, drink now through 2018, this is exciting and fun stuff.
($24 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($22.95)