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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  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

Subregions of Piedmont

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  • Bel Colle

    "BEL COLLE", or rather a modern wine producing company and a wine of quality. The company was est...

  • Vietti

    Since 1974 certain Vietti wines have been dressed with specially-designed original works (lithogr...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Carlo Giacosa

    Since in Barbaresco the vine was not the Mistress of the hills, Donato Giacosa, the father of ...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Vietti Barolo Rocche 5000 2004

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    This was very aromatic apon opening with notes of camphor, chalk and earthy, medicinal herbs framing the red fruit. The entry was smooth, suave and sexy with sweet wild cherry and herb flavors only slightly marred by a hint of wood tannin that grew on the finish. This was mouth filling with excellent balance and finesse and wonderful clarity to ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo DOCG 2004

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    This smelled big and muscular right out of the bottle and that translated into a rich and smooth mouthfeel packed with fine-grained tannins and fleshy fruit though there was a sense that there was more extraction of matter than flavor here as the red currant fruit was a touch diffuse and short on the finish. With air this gained excellent focus ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Burlotto Barolo 2004

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    At first this offered up some simple light cherry in alcohol and sweet earth tones but air caused this to gain a touch of a raw/terpene note. In the mouth this was delicate yet drying with a decidedly savory and spicy character that was a bit chewy and tough with a long, mineral tinged finish. Air did not move this much though it did gain quite ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Attilio Ghisolfi Nebbiolo Barolo Bricco Visette 2004

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    Apon opening this had a nice array of tarry, herbal and clay tones that recalled calamine lotion with a touch of lurking roasted strawberry. In the mouth it offered up ripe tannins and balanced acidity with relatively simple cherry fruit tones and a touch of earthy spiciness on the follow through. With air this gained a touch of gamy leatherines... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by vinodimilos


  • Coppo Brachetto d'Acqui 2006

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    new favorite. sparkling and sweet. very smooth. Read More

    Wine review by sleepybear74


  • Bava Moscato d'Asti Bass Tuba 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Tazio


  • Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2004

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    Nose is a little bit of a mystery to me. Maybe some gas (by Mike's suggestion), or some small unripened fruit. Like a green blueberry. Good tannins, although my mouth tastes like ass after 2 minutes of not drinking. Wonderful flavor though. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer


  • Guido Porro Barolo Santa Caterina 2004

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    Lush bouquet of tar and gasoline that gives way to figgy fruit. Lean mean flavor with huge tannins and a long complex finish. Really like this. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2007

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    Wholefoods Market in Richmond, VA sells this wine - it is fantastic. Now you don't have to drive so far.c Read More

    Wine review by ChrisEC


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