This year before Vinitaly, I spent a week in the Langhe visiting some of the producers we import via Mondo Imports. You can have samples sent over to Australia or try the wines at Vinitaly but there is no substitute for the real thing: being in the Staderi vineyard trying past and future releases of Traversa Staderi Barbaresco.
Doing business with Traversa is not easy: it is all done the old way, by fax and phone. Organising back labels via fax is no easy achievement. Getting the wines picked up and an invoice sent was another achievement. Finally the order that I gave Flavio when I was at the winery in March has now arrived.
Arriving is the 2010 ‘Il Ciabot’ Langhe Nebbiolo, 2009 ‘La Burdinota del Ciabot’ Barbera, 2008 ‘Staderi’ Barbaresco and the 2007 ‘Sori Ciabot’ Barbaresco. These wines looked fantastic in March and I can’t wait to see how they look with another six months in bottle.
We will let them sit for a couple of weeks before releasing these wines to the trade.