Paolo Bea is one of those names that almost that has almost become a secret code in the wine consumers world. Not for the un-savvy shopper. Those who speak about it are normally avid collectors who appreciate great values. And while Paolo Bea is not cheap, for what it can do in the cellar over time, there is literally nothing like it. Speaking personally, I have only tried one older one before from 2001 that was still so young; the tannins hit the brakes on my palate as if I came to a red light with a group of school children crossing the street. It had barely aged a day. The strange thing is that many people still don't know what these wines are capable of, since the amount of pre-2000 that exists in the U.S. is very slim and not many have claimed a taste.
As the majestic 2017 red Burgundies start to arrive, we will be announcing them no matter what the format or illogic nature. Such as today. Here are two producers with nothing in common except for the fact that they are both 2017 and both happen to be awesome.
Today's feature is an oldie but a goodie here at Some Good Wine. Azienda Agricola COS––to be known here on out as simply COS––has been a staple of our Sicilian diet since we opened. As of recent, the winery has moved from working with their original distributor Domaine Select to Polaner Selections. The good news for the consumer, is that the prices are a bit better, especially on the higher end ones.
For today, we have a duo of fine wines that don't have much in common except that their both Italian and their names kind of sound alike. We shall call this: A Tale of Two Pepes
Below is a line up of some older yet newer released wines from AR. Pe. Pe in Valtellina and Emidio Pepe in Montepulciano. Here's the deal:
is considered by many to be the most rare and exclusive wine from Spain. Located at Valbuena del Duero, 30 km east of the ancient university town of Valladolid, it was the first winery in Spain to plant Bordelaise varieties back in the late 1800s; these vines are still planted today alongside Tempranillo, and are a small portion of what makes up Único. The wines of Vega Sicilia are renowned for their elegance and longevity. Perhaps the most iconic wine in all of Spain and most certainly from the winery, Único is legendary.