2008 Piazzo Barbaresco

Wine Find: 2008 Piazzo Barbaresco. (Handout photo / July 10, 2012)

Money is tight, so Wine Find doesn't make a lot of 30-buck recommendations. This exquisite Italian red, however, is exceptional even in this rarefied price range. It's fully mature and delightful to drink now, with floral aromas and soft, lush, layered flavors of black cherry, herbs, truffles and earth. Barbarescos are among the sexiest red wines on the planet, and this is an excellent one though its price is on the low end for this magnificent region. Its importer expects to have it in Maryland by the second half of this month. Barbaresco fans may want to put in an order with retailers. The wholesaler is DOPS.

From: Barbaresco, Italy

Price: $30

Serve with: Best cuts of beef, lamb; hard cheese