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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Varietals Produced in Piedmont View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

Subregions of Piedmont

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  • Vietti

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

  • G.B. Burlotto

    Our wines are created in an ancient structure, which surrounds an interior garden. Fermentation t...

  • Ettore Germano

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

  • 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...

  • Ciabot Berton

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

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Giacomo Ascheri Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - smoky, sour wood, sour meats, floral toned, sandalwood, lightly spiced, fresh in the mouth, a bit of sweetness up front, a touch stern and ungiving, nice sour cherry, nice length, could improve 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet dried wood tones on the nose, leathery, nice precise fruit, dark fruit, cool in the mouth, good focus, spicy, menthol, floral tones, tight coiled and with good length 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fontanafredda Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - jammy and herbal very nice green herb notes, deep ripe fruit and fresh notes nice dichotomy, a bit hollow, nice flavors but rather low key, ordinary, lots of tannin on the back end and the finish, a bit innocuous, some nice licorice and menthol on the finish 86 -87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marziano Abbona Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - nice aromatic nose with a touch of sweet wood contrasting the menthol, savory crisp fruit, a bit thick and fat, nice richness, flabby though, popular style , restaurant wine, fruity, nice fruit, 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo San Giovanni 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - smells like wood flooring, sweet, then menthol, nice focus, a bit of an extracted feel, nice slightly medicinal fruit, a bit woody feeling, nice cool fruit, very good ripeness, quite drying but flavorful, 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Silvano Bolmida Barolo Vigne Dei Fantini 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - big balsamic tones, lots of dried meats, spicy wood tones, really fresh, and exhibiting nice ripeness, nicely fleshy, nicely fresh good refreshing acids, nice ripe tannins, nice herbal and dried earth notes, nothing immediate but subtle and sophisticated with a nice savory finish, 86 -87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Josetta Saffirio Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - barrels, way too much barrels, smoky oak and extracted fruit, has a nice vegetal character hiding behind though, big fruit, really nice vegetal herbal flavors but the texture is a bit goopy, , really extracted black cherry fruit on the back end, I can see this being very popular 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aldo Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - jammy, pencil shavings, some animale, furry, reticent, a bit ungenerous, and dried out, theres a sweetness here but not terribly fruity nor varietal, very savory, turns better on the finish, nice tannins ripe tannins, refreshing finish, clean, a small wine 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Costa di Bussia Barolo Luigi Arnulfo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - pine, bay, pressed flowers, cool, a little thin but with nice typical sour cherry and almost leather fruit, perfectly nice little wine, 86 -87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Francesco Rinaldi Figli & Barolo Cannubbio 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweetly fruited, a touch of peach here, sour cherry, burnt match stick, a bit dilute, nice ripeness but easy styled with moderately intense wild cherry fruit, a bit more structure than fruit, a touch of watermelon and almost minty spice, 86-87 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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