On spec, I bought a Barolo at the LCBO for $57 that delivers tremendous potable pleasure for the money. Cannubi Riserva 2008 Barolo, from the region’s finest vineyard, is produced by a pair of brothers from the well-known Borgogno family, Serio and Battista. (It’s imported by WineOnline.ca.) The wine is a medium deep dark garnet-ruby with lovely elegant berry fruit, faded rose petal and dusty aromas. The tannins are grippy but fine and ripe, and all the elements dance on your palate in fine balance for a long time.
Okay, it’s not a cheap bottle, but it beats other “special occasion” wines. It’s ready to drink now and should improve for another ten years (at least.)