(Digitalis purpurea "Pam's Choice")
Open wide and say "Ahhhhhhhhhhhh".
How about a Wine of the Week? This one was an unexpected stunner. 2005 La Spinetta, Langhe Nebbiolo, ordered at a little Italian hole in the wall restaurant in Cambridge, MA. Great vintage, great winemaker, generic Nebbiolo, which is the same grape that Barolo and Barbaresco are made from.
If the maker just says "nebbiolo", it means that he is forbidden by the winemaking rules to name the vineyard. It probably came from MULTIPLE sites, or from vineyards that already had their quota of wine bottled. The winemaking rules state that only X numbers of bottles can be taken from a given vineyard and labeled as coming from that vineyard. This is supposed to prevent overcropping, or growing too many grapes from the vines for the wine to be any good. It protects the consumer.
It is the spinner's equivalent of roving labeled "Australian wool". You don't know what breed, or what grower, just that the sheep came from a certain country. In this case, the winemaker declassified his young vine production from a vineyard he already used for other, more expensive wine, and put it into this wine. Lucky us!
A rising tide lifts all boats. The vintage was so good, that it didn't matter that this bottle has no pedigree. The winemaker put in lots of good juice. You can taste lush, fruity, ripe grapes. It has a black cherry smokiness, and a dustiness (in a good way) that makes you want to keep going. The backbone of the wine (tannins and acids from the grape stems, skins and grape itself) are in perfect balance. Your dental enamel is left intact after you finish, although your teeth may look rosy purple. I loved this wine, called my local wine guy, ordered a couple of bottles. The price has gone up this month. But it is an excellent value, at this price, in the current wine market.