Tenuta Carretta, Roero Riserva DOCG (Piedmont, Italy) “Bric Paradiso” 2017

($30, Consortium Wine and Spirits Imports): Like Langhe Nebbiolo appellation, Roero is also over-shadowed by its more famous neighbors, Barolo and Barbaresco.  This is a DOCG that deserves more recognition because of the high quality/price ration.  Carretta’s 2017 is a good example.  More concentrated and dense compared to their 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo, this Roero Riserva has, appropriately, more firmness and structure, imparting a beautiful balance.  Even after holding the wine in the mouth, the tannins are not aggressive.  Along with its gorgeous aromatics, the wine delivers a haunting combination of red berry flavors and savory earthy one.  Drink this very appealing, elegant, and long wine now — with grilled meats.
93 Michael Apstein Jun 28, 2022