Angelo Germano Barolo 2007
$33.99Great under the radar traditional Barolo at a spectacular price
It's not often you see Barolo at this price in the US these days and when you do you should probably be at least a bit skeptical. I know I would be. Barolo prices have been steadily rising along with worldwide demand and that may be great news for Barolo producers but the days of buying high quality, sub $50 Barolo are numbered as a result. The California agent for Germano turned me on to these wines a few years back and I'll bet I sold 100+ cases of 2005 in a years time with the bulk of that being repeat business. It was easily the best Barolo value I'd run across in all my years in this business and the 2007 is no differrent. These wines, like everything else in his portfolio, are direct imports meaning that the typical multi layered distribution model is avoided along with at least a couple of unnecessary price mark ups.
The 100+ year old, family owned Angelo Germano estate is now being run by third generation winemaker Davide Germano who's continuing to turn out the traditional, soft, perfumed Barolos that La Morra is known for. 2007 is a precocious but excellent vintage offering telltale notes licorice, tar and rose petal with big flavors of dark fruit, truffles and earth. There's a reason these wines are regarded as the finest in Italy and
at these prices, a Barolo can actually be your house wine!