2007 Marcarini Fontanazza Dolcetto d’Alba ($16)
Marcarini’s least-expensive Dolcetto, robust and earthy, comes from vines growing primarily in the La Morra subregion of Piedmont.
2006 Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d’Asti ($17)
Graceful and bursting with lively berry fruit, this youthful Barbera is aged for only four months in stainless steel tanks.
2005 Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d’Asti ($19)
Coppo got its start in the 1800s making Moscato but has transformed into a Barbera specialist. This modern-style wine, with its rich black cherry flavor, gains spiciness from aging in new French oak barrels.
2006 Damilano Nebbiolo d’Alba ($20)
This simply named Nebbiolo d’Alba is much less expensive than Barolo or Barbaresco would be but offers many similar characteristics: an aroma of violets and cherries, elegant fruit and chewy tannins.