This basic Barolo is a great buy. It's not a blockbuster, but it's a Barolo in a more feminine style from Cordero di Montezemolo in La Morra. It has pretty fruit with notes of cherries, rose petals and sweet spices. Tannins are soft and rounded, but it still has that characteristic core of acidity. A Barolo for Burgundy lovers.
I happened to have it with rack of lamb with mustard and bread crumbs, and it worked beautifully. I just wish I had another bottle or two.
Price: About $40
What it goes with: Rack of lamb, magret, roast duck
Where to find it: Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants in West Los Angeles, (310) 447-2020, http://www.2020wines.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.