Piedmont Wine

 

The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Alps and the Appenine Mountains. These help to moderate the hot and dry summers, with cool, foggy springs and autumns, and frigid winters. There are a whopping 52 DOC/DOCGs zones, with the most famous being Asti (for both Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante), the two Barbera districts, Barbaresco, the six Dolcetto districts, the Freisas, the Grignolinos, Langhe, Monferato and of course, Barolo Chinato. Tradition is the region’s most valued currency, and no other region in Italy, perhaps the world, holds as much importance to tradition in respect to sense of place, methods of viticulture and loyalty to craftsmanship as the Piedmontese. In Piedmont there are no IGT’s (a non-specific regional label with loose standards for ingredients and methods).
 
Piedmont has undergone many landlords. It was first settled by the Celtics, then the Greeks, then the Romans, then the marauding Read more »

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  • Muscat Blanc À Petits Grains

    History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what i...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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  • Cantine SanSilvestro di Sartirano Figli s.n.c.

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly pro...

  • G.B. Burlotto

    Our wines are created in an ancient structure, which surrounds an interior garden. Fermentation t...

  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

    When an activity like wine making – poetical and practical at the same time – is passed down from...

  • Ciabot Berton

    From the Cantina Ciabot Berton sited in La Morra, the enchanting landscape of the Langhe area st...

  • Massolino

    Established in 1896 by Giovanni Massolino, the winery has been dedicated to the production of gre...

  • Ettore Germano

    The "Germano Ettore" estate lies on one of the most important crus of Serralunga d'Alba named "Ce...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2004

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    A bit reticent on the nose and showing some new wood but still lean and attractively focused. In the mouth this is very polished and tight with nice fruit but the tannins really clamp down cutting the finish short and leaving you with a bit of wood spice finale. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo DOC Cru Brunate 1999

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    Very brothy on the nose and showing significantly older than one would expect. The nose gives up old bones and faded middle eastern spice but the palate retains rich and smooth fruit that has a touch of oxidized sweetness to it. I enjoyed this but am concerned by it's evident evolution. Time to pull one from the cellar for another look see but b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Barolo 1999

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    Figgy and very spicy on the nose with nuanced tones of white pepper and tobacco. Very sweet up front then the extracted tannins dry out the palate but this has lots of life ahead. An awkward time to be opening these, try again in 2012 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Brezza Barolo Cannubi 1999

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    A nose rich in sweet tobacco and maraschino cherry tempered by a touch of quinine leads to a palate with the sweet edges of toasty oak well integrated but still evident and noticeable wood tannin on the finish marring the the sweet cherry fruit. Needs time for the wood to completely integrate. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1999

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    What superb aromatics with a layered, delicate elegant composition of sweet fruit, earth, fading spice and saffron tones. In the mouth this is silky and seamless with lovely depth and purity and plenty of really ripe fruit tannins. This really shows amazing depth on the long, complex finish. Drinking well already but with a brilliant future. 94pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Brezza & Figli Barolo Bricco Sarmassa 1999

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    A touch of brothiness adds complexity to the jammy wild strawberry fruit and slightly funky earthen notes on the nose. In the mouth this is lovely, round and rich with wonderful tannins and a long, sour cherry laced finish. Almost drinking well already yet this has the depth and balance to age for a long time. 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barale F. Lli Barolo Castellero 1999

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    Very deep and fresh on the nose with a rich, powerful core of fresh tilled earth and very aromatic fruit. This is packed in the mouth, perhaps lacking a touch of elegance but more than making up for it with dense, tightly packed fruit rich in tannin. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Verduno Barolo 1999

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    A bit stinky on the nose, smells like someone farted in my glass. It's sweet and easy in the mouth with a soft, very ripe feel and soft tannins adding a touch of shape. An easy wine 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Prunotto Barolo Riserva Bussia di Monforte 1980

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    With an initial buret of tomoatoe leaf that blows to reveal briarwood, cocoa, big fresh herbs, deep floral tones, and a gamy edge to the penetrating and caressing notes of dried strawberry edged in limestone. Elegant and balanced in the mouth with a core of sweet fruit that is very cherried with hints of licorice, green citrus zest and fresh gre... Read More

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  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Villero 2001

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    Wow, what an ever changing nose full of smoke, minerals, tarry herbs, spicy herbs with notes of turmeric, fenugreek, roses and a hint of sweet onion. In the mouth this is brilliantly ripe yet so precise with knife edge balance that give the tight yet seamless fruit a real sense of finesse. The raspberry fruit gives a racy impression across the ... Read More

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