wines are like a universe. There are so many because we have hundreds of
different varietals, different clones inside the same varietal,
different kinds of soil, different climates, and thousands and
thousands of producers.
What do we get in the states? A small fraction due to the difficulties of importing. Special labeling and special tests reduce the possibilities for small producers to be imported, although for special wines (like Brunello) there are exceptions. Fortunately importers do create a good selection, but it is difficult to know what is unknown even to the majority of Italians. Wines that, due to particular conditions, are only produced in small quantities, and mainly only drank locally.
One of these wines that I love is the Rossese di Dolceacqua which takes the name from the place it is produced. Dolceacqua is the place and Rossese is the varietal. It is said that Napoleon loved it. The wine is produced by a lot of different small producers and every one of them gives the wine a special touch. There are the more to easy to drink versions that are also lower in price. There are also other producers who age it in barrels and this is why often it gets the class of superiore when it has been aged for more than one year. So the price can go anywhere between 7 and over 30 euros (between $10 and $40). Rossese has been the first red of Liguria to receive the doc labeling which certificates the origin of the grapes and production method by the local government. If You have the chance to have a bottle remember that the years it can be kept vary a lot. For some You have to drink it no longer than after 3 years, but for the superiore with alcohol content over 14 there have been bottles that where good after more than 10 years. Remember if You have the chance go to Italy to bring a surprise for the wine lovers back. They will certainly enjoy.