A huge deal on a premium Italian red you can enjoy now

Posted October 20, 2016

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Over the course of the year, we have found incredible Barolo and Brunello deals, but top-flight Barbaresco offers have been few and far between.

That’s changing. Now.

Today, we offer a 90-point $50 Barbaresco for $19.99, with additional discounts on case and two-case purchases.

This is a red all wine lovers, especially you Italian-o-philes, have to try.

2009 Pier Rio Sordo Barbaresco
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Original Retail Price - $50
Wine Library Price - $19.99
Buy 12+ bottles, and get this for $18.99, plus free shipping, with code PIER12
Buy 24+ bottles, and get this for $17.99, plus free shipping, with code PIER24

We are thrilled to finally offer a top-tier Barbaresco deal. Considering the overwhelmingly positive responses we’ve received for offers on the other “B”s, Barolo and Brunello, it was seriously time for us to deliver on that third 'B'.

Plain and simple, this is a 90 Point, $50 wine for $19.99 … or less.
How often can you find deals like this?

We were blown away here. Over the last several months, we have found a few outstanding Barolo and Brunello deals … but continued to look for a great Barbaresco to sell in the $20-$30 price point. This is exactly the kind of wine we were looking for.

On top of that, this earned an outstanding 90 Point score from the Wine Enthusiast who remarked “This elegant, floral expression shows feminine tones of lavender, rose and violet set over a silky mouthfeel.”

Bottom line, this is a tremendous deal!!!

The Three “B”s of Italian Red Wines
Today, Barbaresco takes center stage

Barbaresco is an elegant expression of Nebbiolo from the Piedmont. Often overshadowed by Barolo, Barbaresco offers earlier approachability and greater versatility on the table. The Barbaresco region is milder than Barolo, so the wines are less tannic, with more finesse - softer, silkier wines. Barbarescos are impressive beauties that will please many palates in a diverse crowd (i.e. at your dinner party alongside hearty pasta dishes).

You can’t get more classy or more classic than Pier Rio Sordo Barbaresco
Rave reviews from Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast’s Italian wine editor and book author

The Italian wine editor for the Wine Enthusiast magazine, Kerin O'Keefe, published her 300-plus-page book Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine in 2014. In the book, O’Keefe describes the Pier Rio Sordo Barbaresco 2009 as:

"A hallmark Barbaresco of structure, finesse, and breeding. The 2009 is a textbook example of classic Barbaresco, with an intense bouquet of violet, spice, and truffle with rich layers of cherry, raspberry, orange peel, cinnamon, and clove. Still very young and tannin, with a long licorice finish. Drink 2015 to 2024."

O’Keefe offers a complete profile of the estate, writing, "I tasted Pier's Barbaresco Rio Sordo at the 2012 Nebbiolo Prima press tastings, and among the 65 wines tried that day, it jumped out at me for its Nebbiolo intensity and mineral purity." She goes on to explain, "...the firm recently started working with consulting enologist Dante Scaglione of Bruno Giacosa fame. This estate is one of my most exciting discoveries uncovered while researching this book."

It’s also one of our most exciting discoveries of the year! We are able to offer this wine at 60% off or more, just in time for the hectic holiday season.

Have you heard of Rio Sordo?

We know many of our die-hard Italian wine lovers are familiar with Rio Sordo, a cru in Barbaresco. Produttori has holdings in this cru, as does the Pier winery. This open hillside has a southwest exposure and calcareous clay soils. Rio Sordo is known for especially elegant, silky, dark-fruited expressions of Nebbiolo.

The ultimate holiday gift
At this price, you can wrap a bottle for each person on your list and save one for yourself

You’re going to buy Halloween candy, and you see the holiday decor going up in the next aisle. The holidays are right around the corner.

Impress any wine lover on your list with this gorgeous bottle. One thing we often ask when offering gift recommendations: Does the recipient have a place to age this wine? Do you know what’s beautiful about today’s offering? It doesn’t matter. This is ready to enjoy right now for your apartment-dwelling friends, and it can age for another eight years, so your wine-collector friends will be just as happy.

This wine will impress any and all recipients. Serve it and impress the in-laws while you're at it. They won’t ever guess you spent $20 or less per bottle!

Click here to order the 2009 Pier Rio Sordo Barbaresco! And don't forget to use code PIER12 when buying 12+ bottles to get the $18.99/bottle pricing plus free shipping. Or, if ordering 24+ bottles, use code PIER24 to get the $17.99/bottle pricing plus free shipping!

Product Label.

Pier Rio Sordo Barbaresco

90 Wine Enthusiast

Item: 97651

750 mL

Retail: $49.99

$19.99 per btl