Location, location, location.
Luigi Minuto and his son Roberto keep watch over some of the most precious vines in the Langhe, with aged plantings in fabled Barbaresco vineyards such as Sori Paolin and Rabaja. Winemaking hasn't changed much here since Luigi was a child in the mid-40s, and older bottles of Luisin Barbaresco are among the best Nebbiolo-based wines one could hope to consume. But, to those that know the winery, one of the best buys in the bunch isn't Barbaresco.
The Maggiur vineyard sits atop a ridge just one mile away from the vines of Rabaja, barely outside of the legally demarcated Barbaresco zone. Planted to both Nebbiolo and Barbera, these vines have enjoyed their noble company for 60 and 80 years, respectively. Ponder this: 60 year old Nebbiolo vines and 80 year old Barbera vines. The fruit is harvested and vinified in much the same way as Luisin's Barbarescos, with fermentation in either stainless steel or old Slavonian oak barrels. For some reason these wines sell for a song.
We're not naming names, but we've seen plenty of estates in Barolo take younger fruit from lesser soil and sell it for three times the price of these two bargains below. And, while many of our customers are very familiar with these wines, no one has yet tasted the 2011 releases that recently arrived on our shelves. Both wines offer ample fruit and spice aromas, with no lack of sinew and structure for short- to medium-term aging. Priced to please, these are our among our favorites for fall, weekday staples for all manner of cuisine.
2011 Luisin Barbera d'Alba Maggiur: $22.99/btl - $18.99/ On Sale; $16.99/3 or more btls
2011 Luisin Nebbiolo Maggiur: $24.99/btl - $21.00/ On Sale; $19.99/3 or more btls
Supplies are limited, special pricing valid only on wines and vintages noted above.