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...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • 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...

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  • Dessilani

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

  • Cantine SanSilvestro di Sartirano Figli s.n.c.

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly pro...

  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

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

  • Ciabot Berton

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

  • Carlo Giacosa

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

  • Batasiolo

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

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fratelli Monchiero Barolo Roere 2004

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    2004 Barolo Roere from a vineyard in La Morra on a hillside above S. Maria facing Oddero. Sandy soils that produce lighter wines but still are the equal of all Barolo. A bit musky at first with a fresh green edge to the raspberry fruit. There is a touch of toast in the background but the flourish of green herbs and fine soil tones beat it back. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palladino is not a name familiar to most American buyers of the wines of Piedmont. But they should be. With a historic property that dates back to 1870, it may be surprising that Maurilio Palladino only began bottling his familys wine in 1975. As is the case with many of the historic properties of the region, they produced wine sold in bulk fo... Read More

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  • Palladino Barolo Vigna San Bernardo 2000

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    Surprisingly cool and complex on the nose with a full array of classic scents that range from forest floor, tree bark, and damp tea bag to wildflowers, coal, orange rind roast herbs, and medicinal and backing spice tones. Super nose! In the mouth this is big and plush without a lot of excess weight, it is broad and mouth filling with very good b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palladino Barolo Vigna San Bernardo Riserva 1999

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    This opens with a tight edge, a very cool and focused nose that has excellent intensity and purity if not overly complex. The nose opens to reveal penetrating mineral and herb notes with a tea like eucalyptus top note over a tarry core of fruit. Flesh and almost sweet on the attack the citrussy acidity quickly grabs hold and keeps this cool and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Palladino Barolo Vigna San Bernardo 2001

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    Fermented for 18 days in Stainless Steel then transferred for 2 years ageing in new barriques as well as an additional year in Botte.Offering up a sweet pool of finely ripe fruit on the nose this is in a cooler register with a touch of herb and sundried tomato in a clear, precise style. Big and bright in the mouth with great acids supporting an ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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