The base of the NV Barolo Chinato wine from the 2012 vintage. Following local tradition (and using a secret recipe passed down five or six generations at the Pio Cesare winery), this wine is infused with cloves, vanilla, nutmeg cinnamon and sugar. These family recipes re always left incomplete because local custom dictates that each family must keep a few ingredients secret. This is perfect after -dinner drink with the alcohol and the medicinal flavors to wash the palate clean after a long meal. Barolo Chinato is said to kick-start the digestive process after dinner, althought I’m not sure there is any science behind that claim. No matter: it tastes greats and makes for a refreshing conclusion to any evening.