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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Piedmont

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  • Coppo

    The Coppo family history intertwines with the development of the City of Canelli, which in the ea...

  • Bel Colle

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

  • Ciabot Berton

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

  • Ettore Germano

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

  • Vietti

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

  • Massolino

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

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Cascina Cucco Barolo Cerrati Vigna Cucco 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - very sweet aromatic wood nose, flat in the mouth, neutral in the mouth, nice structure not much flavor 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Costa di Bussia Barolo Campo Dei Buoi 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - bretty, like big time, cool, crisp and fresh with front loaded sweet fruit then bretty mp, burnished drying, 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - coffee candy, wood, cigar box, spicy cinnamon, tobacco candy, flat, flabby, hollow, totally uninteresting save a nice floral note on the finish 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Podere Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Big'D Big 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - candied, some dried lime zest perhaps lurking, has potential but not showing much today, big, low tannin, soft, broad but shallow, then a bit drying on the finish, I dont know what to make of this, 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Virna Barolo Preda Sarmassa Riserva 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - quinine, horseradish, mint, dry compost heap, tomato paste, very lean, nicely spiced, not any fruit, tannic, dry, some cola, , menthol and tannins on the finish 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aurelio Settimo Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - hot, over-ripe jammy, indistinct, very menthol, fluid, shallow, over-ripe, nasty 70-72 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gianni Voerzio Barolo la Serra 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - oaky and black raspberry preserves a little lactic, dried pear fruit, thick up front then oaky and stripped, heavy but not sweet, dead in the mouth, bitter wood and cigar butt notes, a bit of whiskey on the finish, drying detailess 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Barolo Marcenasco 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - passionfruit, lemon, wood, lemon pledge, stewy, cedar, a touch of mothball, nothing going on in the mouth, loose, some dark berry fruit, heavy tannins, kind of extracted, really tannic finish, not enough flesh, 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Eredi Lodali Barolo Lorens 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet wood notes, lots of coffee, heavy, candied sweet and dull on the nose, dead in the mouth, fluid, without flavor or character, woody. 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mauro Molino Nebbiolo Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - diesel, real reduced veal stock where it gets kind of sickeningly intense, really sweet wood, some nice cherry fruit but really kind of simple and blah, no detail, no lift, no finish, 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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