There are no secrets to a fourth generation of winemakers. The Bertolinos, owners of Tenuta Olim Bauda, understand everything there is about Piedmont wines. Under the supervision of Dino, Diana and Gianni Bertolino, prominent winemaker Giuseppe Caviola gives us the 2012 La Villa Barbera d'Asti
($21.40), a great bang for the buck. Here's undoubtedly your favorite new pizza-pasta wine!
Louis Chèze is deemed king throughout several prestigious appellations. In the heart of Côtes-du-Rhône, Chèze favors specific winemaking techniques for each of his beloved plots, in the same unique way he would treat each of his babies. As a matter of fact, a very special wine for Chèze whose daughter's name is Caroline, is the Cuvée Caroline Prestige
(2011, $33.00). Pure expression of Syrah, Caroline expresses strong aromatics and a big time complex profile. Fleshy and smooth on the palate: check! Incredibly persistent finish: Check!
Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
: 90 points.