If you're wedded to Rioja or red Bordeaux for Easter, don't let me stop you, but if you want something different, yet still classic, let me put forward this eloquent Barolo from a top commune in a very good vintage – perfect for partnering rosemary-spiced roast lamb or a porcini dish.
With its fragrance of dried cherries, red berries, dried herbs, sweet tobacco and a gentle, woody earth undertow, it's a Barolo in which the signature structure of Serralunga d'Alba is flattered by the ripeness and concentration of the 2015 vintage and a freshness that belies the hot summer.
The producer is Paolo Manzone, aka Cascina Meriame in the Serralunga Cru of Meriame, and the wine is organic, sustainable, vegetarian and vegan.
I mentioned lamb, but I enjoyed it with a veal chop strewn with rosemary. It would also go well with steak, roast rib of beef with thyme, pork or duck with sage, mushroom lasagne, cheesy mushroom polenta and brown or puy lentil dishes – and, if you can lay hands on a spring white truffle, you're made. 14.5%.
Adnams Barolo del Commune di Serralunga d'Alba 2015, Piedmont, Italy
£24, Adnams, online and in stores
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