If I Could Buy Only One – February 6th VINTAGES Release

We asked our writers, “If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?”

John Szabo – My only one from the February 6th release takes me to one of my favourite regions of the world: Piedmont. The Langhe hills share a kindred spirit and philosophy with Burgundy, and lovers of one invariably find the other, sooner or later. The Enrico Serafino Picotener Nebbiolo 2018 is a fine entry into the region with a twist, highlighting the rare picotener, a special sub-variety of the multifaceted Nebbiolo grape. Serafino describes having found it while working across the Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero areas where Nebbiolo thrives, and dubbed it the “forgotten nebbiolo”, as it was nearly extinct. Serafino is the first to make a separate bottling, and it has lovely perfume in the varietal idiom, very complex and appealing all in all. I also love the palate, the firm but not unyielding tannins, the chalky-talcy texture, the vibrant acids, and the overall complexity and depth. It’s a terrific bottle for nebbiolo fans to discover. Drink or hold into the latter half of the decade.

Enrico Serafino Picotener Nebbiolo 2018

(#12736, $41.95, Majestic Wine Cellars)

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