I have wines in my cool closet that I first put there over 30 years ago. I am not quite finished with collecting, but after 30+ years of doing so, I’m close to done with that. If I were 30 and starting to collect Italian wine now, here is what I would do.
Sparkling? Again, there are some worth considering, but, let’s get to what I’d really want to have waiting for me 30 years down the road – well-aged red wines.
Tuscany. First and foremost, I’d have some really good producers of Chianti. Badia Coltibuono, Rampolla, Felsina. Wines in styles that I like. Not international in style, and wines that will age well. Selvapiana, from Rufina as well. No kitschy Chianti Classico in fiaschi. Leave that for the fashionistas in San Francisco. I need long marchers, not sprinters. These are wines that are going to have to look good when there are old as well as when they are young.
Le Chiuse. For my money, that is one of the great values for long-term ageing Brunello. I’d also give a nod to Barbi. I have Barbi going back to 1979 and even though there have been icy patches along the way, for the most part, that has been money well spent. The wines still have that naïve rusticity that make the wine age so well. And when they do finally get “there” that roughness is like a saddle that has been ridden for many years, smooth but still true to its nature. Is it Brunello? Well it isn’t the fancy spit and polish Brunello that garners those 100 point scores, but it ages really well.
I’m not going to discuss Vin Santo or any dessert wine in this post. I have way too much dessert wine clogging my closet. I love it, but that’s another post.
I am not a Super Tuscan collector. Well, I was. And then I sold them, for a hell of a lot more than I bought them for. This is not a post about wines to collect for investment purposes. This is for the cellar that brings enjoyment to the person who takes the time to store them. It’s about sensual, not monetary, pleasure.
Burlotto and Rocche Costamagna. Burlotto, because the wines are great, they are still pretty affordable and they will age remarkably well. Rocche Costamagna, because the wines are such incredible values.
There are more and there are others. But for now, this is a good start. Most of these wines are available in the US market, where most of the folks reading this are from. Note to Russia (a country which now has the second highest traffic to this blog): I have no idea where you should look for these wines in your country. Or why so much traffic to my site is coming from your country.
Good luck - more to come in Part II.
Other posts from the past:
- Five Italian wines every 29 year-old should own
- Italian Wine in 2014 - Personal Strategies for Collecting - Part I
- Italian Wine in 2014 - Personal Strategies for Collecting - Part II
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