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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  • 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...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Dolcetto

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

  • 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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  • Vietti

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

  • Tosti

    TOSTI is located at Canelli, in the heart of the area with Controlled Denomination of Origin for ...

  • Massolino

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

  • Batasiolo

    Almost a crypt, where the ancient alchemy of transforming must into fine wines is celebrated. Th...

  • Dessilani

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

  • Bel Colle

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

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero 2000

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    Crazy! What a fine nose with confiture fruits, huge herbs, sweet and almost candied/dried fruit tone dates and dried cherry but still moist and fresh. Slight tobacco, more black olive brine than olives, leather, sweet licorice, intense and complex and gaining a purity to the block olive notes with each passing moment. A bit loose at first, per... Read More

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  • Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco 2004

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    This offers up a fine array of mineral, menthol, leather, dried asphalt, cherry in alcohol and licorice in alcohol tones with a touch of camphor and sweet medicinal background notes. There is plenty of alcohol on the nose, even just a bit too much but the complexity is compelling. Big sweet/sour fruit up front though the mid-palate is a touch ... Read More

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  • Vietti Nebbiolo Barolo Lazzarito 2005

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    Light and airy while also intense with floral, earth, currant jam and light minor toast tones. A really lovely nose, very Nebbiolo and while tight shows great potential revealing soft notes of raspberry jam and wild cherry in alcohol with a subtle meaty underlay. A bit polished up front then round and rich if a touch soft. Real thrust to the he... Read More

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  • Ascheri Barolo Sorano 2004

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    Sweet and warm on the nose verging on slightly fudgy with pruny fruit then very floral with a real rosy floral tones. Gains an earthy, medicinal, tarry, limestone mineral tone, there is real complexity here. After two hours this turned shockingly feral and earthy with a pinot-like character. That ameliorated with time though the evolution on th... Read More

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  • Barolo DOCG 2004

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    Big and fruit driven nose, soapy flowers but not roses, even through the noticeable yet tolerable TCA. Very balsamic and menthol rich penetrating tones that work through the TCA. Big sweet fruit entry then tones of pine notes, tannins start out sweet then turn drying quickly. Real great fruit in there, just a bit disjointed at first though the ... Read More

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  • Luigi Pira Barolo 2004

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    Tarry and smoky nose with a touch of fruitcake sweetness and minor note of fairly raw wood. Licorice and deep roses emerge though the nose remains a bit tight with background tones of fur and stone. Sweet fruit up front, precise, crisp tannins followed by a lovely flush of red fruit with a bit of integrated yet noticeably cedary wood. Apple-... Read More

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  • Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1988

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    certainly less oak here, similar to the 1985 with more distinctlimestone and tar, really crisp, clean, and well deliniated nose, wood offer acomplimentary note and is in fine balance, faint bresaola note, really typicalnotes on the nose, hints of grapevine smokiness, warm strawberries, nice spicenotes form a backdrop, leaner in the mouth but mor... Read More

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  • Vietti Nebbiolo Barolo Rocche 2000

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    Buotque of fresh cut flowers, Tobacco and leather with berriy fruit. Full bodied with present but fine tannin and raspberry fruit. A little hot but so enjoyable. Long finsih. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Fratelli Monchiero Barolo 2003

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    2003 Barolo Castiglione to be released as a RiservaSweet, hot and a bit jammy on the nose with a bit of vanillin with notes of sandalwood and caramelized beef adding depth. This has a curious neither fresh nor evolved character to the nose. Sweetly fruited on entry with good cutting acids and tannins that are a touch drying. This is a bit corpul... Read More

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  • Fratelli Monchiero Barolo Rocche 2004

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    This is much more powerful than the Roere with a darker, hotter nose full of subtle leather, iron, and feral meat tones. It smells compact with a touch of sweet backing spice in the background. Powerful and big in the mouth with excellent balance to the very good acids and ripe, slightly chewy tannins. There is great freshness on the palate with... Read More

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