Think you need Barolo in your life? Here are five reasons to think again...

Good Barolo isn’t exactly cheap, and although some producers are making earlier-drinking styles these days, they still need several years to reach their prime.

With that in mind, here are five delicious Barolo alternatives that you should definitely check out if you are a Piedmont devotee, all drinking beautifully right now.

Five delicious Barolo alternatives:

Henschke Cellars, The Rose Grower Nebbiolo, 2013

Henschke Cellars, The Rose Grower Nebbiolo, 2013

Named for the family that owned the property before Stephen and Prue Henschke, this intriguing wine is so pale it almost almost looks like a rosé. It announces itself as a charming young vine red with its rose petal fragrance and delicate cherryish flavour, whose gentle touch of sweetness on…

Points 89
Fletcher X12, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy, 2012

Fletcher X12, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy, 2012

Deep and dense yet juicy, with chocolate and coffee notes complementing rich red cherry fruit. It finishes with building sweetness and ripe tannins. I normally hate Nebbiolo- Cabernet-Merlot blends, but young Australian winemaker Dave Fletcher has come up with a winner here.

Points 89