Some wines over the past couple of weeks. The images are all pilfered.
Vignai Da Duline is one of Kermit Lynch's Italian properties, located in Friuili. This wine was fantastic -- medium body, high acid, lots of minerals, not a whole lot of overt fruit. I could drink this every day. It's the perfect Friulian white. I know that Lynch has been importing Italian wines for a number of years, but I never saw them in my market until the past couple of years. I've loved every one that I've tried.
I had never heard of Scarpa until maybe 6 or 8 months ago, and I still know next to nothing. They're a Monferrato winery, and a lot of their library releases -- mostly Barolo -- have shown up in my market recently. From what I can tell, they're very much in the traditionalist camp. I'll admit that I only bought this because I was curious about what 20 year old barbera would taste like. If this wine is any indication, 20 year old barbera is delicious. There was no overt fruit on the nose but a ton on the palate, and it was very herbal (but not green) and tart, with no tannins left. It's not exactly a bargain, but I loved it.
I had the 2013 version of this. Cascina delle Rose is a Barbaresco winery, and I have previously been very impressed with their Rio Sordo Barbarescos -- excellent, and excellent value (for Barbaresco). This wine is herbal and very tart and delicious. Very, very good.