Man walks into a wine shop… yes, that’s how this one goes.  Man walks into a wine shop; shop keeper is pushing several items, but a 2001 Barolo Riserva for $33.00 strikes a cord.  Producer is not well known to all parties, but buyer is thinking when is the last time he came across a 2001 Barolo Riserva for $33.00?  Never.  According to said shop keeper, the low, low, bargain basement price is the result of one Robert Chaderdon (perhaps the most strangely elusive or all strange wine improters?) closing up shop and liquidating inventory.  True story or not, one must jump to action when one see’s such a nice price for a maturing Barolo at everyday prices.  So, we sprung, so the story goes.  And, well, we won.  Best Barolo I have ever had for $33.00!  Best bottle of Barolo ever?  No, but a classic Barolo none the less.  Serendipity?  I think so.  When you see something that may be too good to be true, sometimes it ain’t too good to be true, or it is too good to be true… ah, whatever… damn fine Barolo at a great price.  Score!

Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino 2001 Barolo Riserva “Vigna dei Dardi”

A bargain blow out wine that turned out to be the real deal.  Took a chance and was rewarded with a classic bottle of Barolo (Riserva no less) for the paltry sum of $33.00.  Turns out that one of the Fantino brothers was a protege of Bartolo Mascarello, certainly a fine calling card.  Text book classic Barolo with notes of fresh leather, tart red fruits, violets, spice, old barrel, tar, and anise.  Silky and seductive, yet gripping.  This is drinking well now.  Solid bottle of Barolo.  RECOMMEDED – EXCELLENT VALUE