2004 Barreri e Rovati Barolo Riserva $20
This is an incredible wine. From the lauded 2004 vintage in Piedmont, it's a Barolo - a Riserva, no less. Poised, but aloof in introduction, it's elegance is more than arm's reach alway. As it eases, which it does in a couple of hours, all that's worth celebrating about Barolo is on full display: tight, electric Cashmere tannins with positively soaring phenolics give way to a building shape that commands basso profundo attention without obesity. The lingering, sexy finish seduces again and again. A complete Barolo with 10+ years on it for a quarter the going price for a similar experience. So, incredible, yes. And one you should strongly consider picking up. But if you do, you'll have to visit a Trader Joe's. Because that's the only place you'll find it. Load up! Cheers.