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Wine of the Week: Tensta Carretta Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2012 - $45

Dwight Casimere | 1/2/2019, 6:43 p.m.
Arriving fresh for 2019 from the rolling hills of Piedmont in Northwestern Italy is the lustrous Tenuta Carretta Cannubi Barolo ...

Arriving fresh for 2019 from the rolling hills of Piedmont in Northwestern Italy is the lustrous Tenuta Carretta Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2012-$45. A bold expressive wine made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, it is aged for 36 months-2 years in oak casks and the rest in the bottle, to preserve all of the wine's expressive character. Cannubi is the oldest cry of the tiny denomination of Barolo.

Its rich concentrations of flavors often brings comparisons to the great Bordeaux of France and rightly so. Besides its intense garnet color, it has the distinction of having both bright citrus and dark cherry flavors as well as healthy tones of cocoa and spice. An undercurrent of earthiness, mushroom and forest floor adds further mystery and depth.

This is a wine to linger with and contemplate, for it reveals deeper layers of complexity with every sip. Excellent with a hearty meal of roast duck or pheasant or rabbit with Morrell or Porcini mushrooms or a hearty beef stew cooked with some of the wine. I further suggest sharing with a good friend, or not, while sitting by the fireplace with that new CD of previously unreleased Coltrane as the perfect accompaniment. Remember to drink responsibly.