For four generations Ca’ del Baio has been a family affair. All their wines are estate-grown, made from a wide range of varieties, some typical of the area while others are more international: the whites include Moscato, Chardonnay and Riesling, and the reds Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. Today the Ca’ del Baio estate takes in 28 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Barbaresco and Treiso, both of which are in the Barbaresco DOCG. Come by on Saturday and taste some of these excellent wines.
2018 Langhe Chardonnay “Luna d’Agosto” $13
This fresh and fruity wine is made with early-harvested grapes during the first weeks of September. It has a mineral vein that comes from the soil on which vineyards are planted. The wine is delicately floral and fruity, with notes of citrus and exotic fruits. The flavor is dry, cool, and long, with a slightly mineral aftertaste.
2017 Barbera d’Alba “Paolina” $15
This Barbera comes from the assemblage of different vineyards, creating a fresh wine that exhibits strong, but soft Barbera characteristics. The wine is intensely fruity, with nice hints of red currants and raspberries. It has a fresh taste that is vibrant in the mouth, showing a long, rich, smooth flavors.
2014 Dolcetto di Alba “Lodoli” $15
This “very Piedmontese” wine encapsulates the simple pleasures of everyday life. It is intense and vinous, with delicate fruity overtones reminiscent of cherries, wild strawberries and blackberries; taste dry, with good balance and acidity, and a nicely almondy finish.
2016 Langhe Nebbiolo “BricdelBaio” $18
Aged in neutral barrels the BricdelBaio is a pure example of fresh Nebbiolo. The wine is delicately fruity, conjuring up wild berries and raspberry jam. The taste is dry, warm and well-balanced, with a nicely tannic finish.
2015 Barbaresco “Valgrande” $35–
This traditional-style Barbaresco is harvested from the vineyards that surround the winery. It is aged only in big casks. The Valgrande shows the elegance of Barbaresco at its very best, without flaunting the muscle of Nebbiolo. It is intense, with powerful fruit, dried flowers and underbrush; taste dry, smooth and rounded, ending in a warm finish with nicely-balanced tannins.
Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.