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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga

Barbaresco Time Machine: Voghera Cotta

We love the wines of Piemonte, and stock many of our faves, both values and bottles that are justifiable splurges. Barolo and Barbaresco are typically in that splurge category, but occasionally we find wines from these regions that take us back to less expensive days....

We were so pleased to encounter Voghera Barbaresco Cotta a couple weeks ago. It is a delicious old-school Barbaresco that we would happily sell at $45 or $50, but in fact we can sell it for $34, plus we've got a deal for you if you want a case.

Luigi Voghera Barbaresco Cotta 2019 - $34

Beautiful Barbaresco, a little too young. The following note is from a bottle open 36 hours. Aromas of maraschino liqueur, cherry candy, dark plum, a little rusty iron, dried porcini, mint, pine, roses... Vibrant, lithe and energetic on the palate, medium-bodied, this is not the fullest Barbaresco, but doesn't lack intensity. Tangy dried and fresh fruit flavors abound, delicate herbs and flowers, a little almondy cherry pit and licorice contribute as well. Tense and grippy, tart and cutting, this has some rough edges right now, but if you love traditional Barolo and Barbaresco, you will appreciate this. Tangy and complex finish, many subtleties linger. You can drink it now, but decant it or open it 12+ hours before serving. Serve it with food, I'm thinking braised meats, perhaps duck, rabbit or boar. I wouldn't push this in the cellar, personally, but also wouldn't be surprised to see it doing well in 15 years.

As usual, this wine will combine with others to get 10% off a mix of 6 bottles, or 12% off a mix of 12 bottles... but this is a wine to stock up on by itself, so we're happy to offer 15% off if you want a full case.

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