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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  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

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

  • Dessilani

    Respect for the territory and for the grapes, the elegance of the wine, the pleasant feeling when...

  • 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...

  • Vietti

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

  • Ettore Germano

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

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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2003


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    Wine review by Bad Bobby Wine

  • Adelaide Barolo 2004


    Quite raw and oaky on the nose but rich and big in the mouth with notes of milk chocolate framing the deep, slightly plummy fruit. The finish gains some spicy tones and reveals a more bitter chocolate edge with notes of apricot and spice on the final. Very nice wine, a bit unusual but balanced and certainly well made. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giorgio Scarzello E Figli Barolo Vigna Merenda 2004


    A classic aromatic array of cherries in alcohol, earth, leather and dried grass is followed by a wine that seems a bit fluid in the mouth with soft tannins and solid acidity making for a very approachable wine with lovely purity to the cherry fruit but lacking a bit of definition. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo 2004


    A bit dusty on the nose with lots of root vegetable tones but otherwise very tight. In the mouth there is lovely freshness and balance with loads of old wood tones offering a touch of cinnamon spiciness. While still very closed this is energetic and long. I expect this to absolutely blossom with age. 92pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Francesco Rinaldi Figli & Barolo la Brunata 2004


    a fairly intense yet somewhat simple nose of sweet fruit and orange oil is followed by a very round entry with classic proportions. This is unusually polished for this producer yet has excellent balance and classic leather, cherry and spice tones. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2004


    This is classic Bartolo with bones, spice,herbs a nuance of cinnamon and lovely sweetness all framing perfectly presented gentle red fruits. In the mouth this is ridiculously rich with fresh wild cherry fruit that is incredibly vibrant with uncommon purity. Obvious this is still an infant but the balance and depth are fantastic. One of Bartolos ... Read More

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  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2004


    Smokey yet high toned and perfumed with layered notes of cherry pits, dried flowers and spice tones. Bright and fresh in the mouth with lively acids in a somewhat easy style yet with wonderfully pure and fresh fruit. Really lovely integration here and the wood is offering only a spice note with tannins that are extremely well managed. 91pts Read More

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  • Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2004


    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


    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

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  • Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Barolo 1999


    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

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