Last time I went to Italy an old friend of mine who owns a restaurant in my town recommended to buy a few bottles of the “Terra d’Aligi Tatone Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo 2001”. So, I did. It was a great recommendation. It’s a superb Montepulciano D’Abbruzzo and the price tag is very good (it is available at Wine Gallery for about 18$).

Things got even better.  Last Sunday I was at Trader Joe’s and they had a an “exclusive” on –  you guessed it right – the “Tato – Terra d’Aligi Montepulciano D’Abbruzzo 2002″…for only $5!  It’s not of the same quality as the bigger brother, but very good for an excellent price.  Highly recommended.

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I was looking at the latest GQ issue and I saw a recommendation for a 1998 Barolo called “Vigneto Arborina”.

It sounded good so I investigated it a bit.  The Robert Parker site reviewed this wine a few years ago and this is what they say:

11) Barolo “Vigneto Arborina” (Elio Altare)- $90 – 15 points (two 1st, four 2nd, one 3rd) – 93 rating Deeply colored. Fragrant nose of ripe cherry fruit is bold and expressive, but also shows some volatility. Quite backward on the palate now; youthfully tannic with great fruit, cedar and tobacco, tremendous richness and complexity. There’s lively acidity as well. Perhaps just a touch too much alcohol. One of the most backward wines tasted, this huge Barolo will start to reward in a decade – or two! Great candidate for cellaring. “

It definitely sounds a good wine to purchase either for yourself or as a gift for your wine expert friends.  It took me a while to find a place that has it.  I found it available at There is not direct link, but you can just search for “vigneto arborina” and you will get the right result.  It’s selling for $60.  I am definitely ordering a bottle.