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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Vietti

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

  • 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...

  • Ciabot Berton

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

  • 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...

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  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Villero 2001


    Jammy and spicy on the nose with a caramel edged medicinal tone. This smells frankly sweet. In the mouth it's nice enough with good acids but ultimately is shallow and hollow gaining some depth with the candied raspberry finish. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Santo Stefano di Perno 2006


    A little weedy and spicy on the nose with clay and forest floor nuances. There is an exotic citrus tone on the nose but overall a very loamy soil tone dominates. In the mouth this is packed with rich plum and cherry fruit, crisp tannins that lend a nice edge of austerity, and tones of peach pit and spice on the moderate finish. Very good and wel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • La Loggia Barolo 2004


    Was a bargain, but not great. Very tight and biting, all the way through. Too heavy on tannin and alcohol without any fruit to balance. A bit raisiny. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1978


    Sorry to hear that this was not a sublime bottle. At its best, this is Barolo at its peak. Lots of pure red fruit, iron, soy, aome animal blood and a tremendous amount of structure... I'd put this in the top 2 or 3 bottles of Italian ever enjoyed... at its best...which sadly cannot always be predicted... Read More

    Wine review by PergoleTorte79

  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1978


    Even after being double decanted for 8 hours this was a bit reticent out of the bottle. Hightoned with notes of oyster sauce and sweet soy lifted by a touch of VA this evolved slowly but surely becoming quite smoky and sweetly vegetal resembling tomato ketchup based barbq sauce for a period. With time the smokiness took over and the wine added s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero 1978


    At first this offer a deep, blue clay toned nose that slowly gained in intensity adding notes of spice, ash, musky flowers and ranier cherry. In the mouth this was big and rich with deep, fleshy fruit supported by lots of very finely grained tannins. The fruit was at the dark berry end of the spectrum with a medicinal tone and a brown spiced ani... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1978


    A damaged bottle but still had some Brunate character. A fat nose of meaty carob, dried beef, stale coffee, cedar and slight mocha tones is followed by a rather soft but texturally expansive palate that featured muddied flavors of burnished cherry fruit. The finish has clumsy tannins and lacks a bit of flesh so comes of as hot. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dosio Barolo 1978


    A nice nose with oystershell, rosehips, sage brush and slightly minty herbal tones that are joined by nuanced notes of pork fat, pinecones and a touch of grafite. In the mouth this is quite acid driven with soft, resolved tannins supporting a nice balance of savory lingonberry and rosehip toned fruits. It's a touch drying on the finish with a bi... Read More

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  • Gigi Rosso Barolo Arione 1982


    So I just popped and poured this with modest expectations. The cork was really still very tight, a good sign and quite white and pliable when extracted. The wine on the other hand was evolved at first with decidedly bronzed color and a rich nose of beef bouillon and celery leaves. With time the wine freshened up adding a nice anise frond tone a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto Dolcetto d'Alba Madonna di Como 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by jewelsmarks

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