Okay, so you like your Barolo even when you’re feeling broke. We aren’t judging. Think you can’t afford what some deem Italy’s finest wine? We feel you, and we’re here to help. If you’re wondering whether to splurge or spend on this wonderfully fine wine that’s always made from nebbiolo, the “king” of Italian red grapes, we’ve got a cheat sheet.
Budget But Good
DAMILANO Lecinquevigne Barolo 2010 (Barolo, Italy) $36
A splurge still by some standards, but a deal for Barolo. If you let this 100% nebbiolo wine open up, the intensity and spice emerges. It’s big enough to drink with steak, but if you’re only opening one bottle for the evening (we heard some people do this), it’s a great glass to have with the cheese before the meal as well as the main course.
Bargain Spend If You Got It
VIBERTI GIOVANNI Buon Padre Barolo 2009 (Barolo, Italy) $52
Big, bold and beautiful. If you’re looking for a party in your mouth for the price of a movie and popcorn for two this is your go-to Barolo. Tannic with distant hints of violet and sage, this makes your favorite Bolognaise sauce even better.
Need Barolo to Go with That Big Bonus?
BRUNO GIACOSA Barolo Falletto 2005 (Barolo, Italy) $165
If you’re looking for the perfect pairing to a bursting bonus, this is it. Splurge if you’re feeling flush. This elegant, complex wine with hints of tobacco and chocolate should be on the table with whatever beef dish you’re serving.
We’re capping this at under $200, but, with Barolo, you can go higher!