When I was offered the opportunity to taste the latest releases from Boroli, I jumped. I loved the recent story of the winery discovering a long-lost cru, La Brunella, in Piedmont’s Castiglione Falletto. While you’re waiting to get your hands on some La Brunella, check out these gems to reassure yourself it’s worth the wait!

Boroli 2013 Barbera d’Alba Quattro Fratelli
This bright ruby wine has mid-depth reflections, suggesting a hint of haze, but it has a huge, vibrant and eager-to-please nose. It smells of Marasca cherries and wisps of licorice swirled together with pink peppercorns and mashed mulberries. The soft, flowing tannins and sauvely-integrated acidity seduce on the spot. This is easy-to-drink on its own, but it performs impressively well with lighter to mid-weight foods, too. A real winner! 88

Boroli 2011 Barolo
This thoroughbred Nebbiolo is vibrant and young, yet unusually accommodating at this stage. It’s surprisingly zesty on the palate with crunchy rhubarb, lightly green strawberries and freshly chipped slate crashing in from all sides. This is a fun and rambunctious style of Barolo – one with liveliness to spread around. Its tannins are lightly gritty and its acidity is a bit piercing without food. With a meal, it works seamlessly. 90

Boroli Barolo Chinato
I love Chinato. It seems like such a decadent beverage to produce considering how expensive Barolo can be these days! This one is high-toned on the nose with wine-steeped cinnamon stick, flax seed, broken peppermint candy and Moroccan mint. The palate is full-bodied yet brisk with mouthwatering acidity. In addition to the aromas, long-steeped Rooibos tea and quinine come through. The finish lingers pleasantly, gripping the palate just enough to make one reach back for the Chinato or, perhaps a sip of sparkling water. 94