We tasted this blind last week and didn't know what it was, but we did know there was something special about it. Ultimately we found out it was 100% Grignolino, a grape native to piedmont tasting like a cross between Dolcetto and Nebbiolo and made for earlier drinking and slightly reminiscent of Beaujolais but much more energetic. Truly a surprise, we haven't had Grignolino cross our minds since John Heitz took cuttings from Italy and planted them in Napa in the 60s. A beautiful bottle with an exciting, fresh nose of cherries and strawberries, plums, and rose petals, with notes of underbrush and wild herbs. The Bricco del Bosco is light on its feet with vibrant fruit on the palate, where the cherry comes across more dried and has great intensity, with a weightless power on the mid-palate. The tannins gently arrive as the wine finishes on a palate-staining salty note with dry extract of red fruit—one of the biggest surprises we have had from Italy this year. Don't let the price detour you; Antonio Galloni has given this wine over 92 points on multiple occasions, and we wholeheartedly agree with that, especially in a vintage like '16. Killer juice at this pricing.