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...

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  • Batasiolo

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

  • Bel Colle

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

  • Carlo Giacosa

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

  • Massolino

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

  • 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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  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1978

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gigi Rosso Barolo Arione 1982

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    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


  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2007

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    What a terrific little Barbera this is! Perfect wine for any Italian food, especially pizza, or Bolognese. Medium-bodied, plum and cherry/sour cherry nose. Blooms well (opens) in the glass, the first glass is good, the last glass is terrific. The last two years garnered 90 points and in '06 it was on the Wine Specatator Top 100 Wines of the Yea... Read More

    Wine review by kathyintex


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

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    No written review

    Wine review by jewelsmarks


  • Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by jha


  • Bera Asti Spumante 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jcalvin2007


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