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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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

Subregions of Piedmont

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  • Coppo

    The Coppo family history intertwines with the development of the City of Canelli, which in the ea...

  • Massolino

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

  • G.B. Burlotto

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

  • 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...

  • Vietti

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

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Eredi Lodali Barolo Lorens 2006

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    AWE blind tasting -woody, raw wood, touch of caraway, spicy, very spicy, touch hot, violet pastille, big and full, a touch clumsy, dark, anonymous fruit on the mp, dark and anonymous over all, drying, extracted, 84-85 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Livia Fontana Barolo Villero 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - funky, very herbal and soil driven, eggshells, a bit of matchstick, lean, ungenerous, uninteresting, fresh finish, 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacosa Fratelli Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - medicinal, herbal, a touch of match stick, sour cherry, sour berry, a flat boring wine in the mouth 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fontanafredda Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - sweet candied root beer, cloying nose, rather light on the palate though, much better than one would expect from the nose, but theres not much flavor interest here and a rather watery finish, extracted tea quality, 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cascina Cucco Barolo Cerrati Vigna Cucco 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - very sweet aromatic wood nose, flat in the mouth, neutral in the mouth, nice structure not much flavor 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Costa di Bussia Barolo Campo Dei Buoi 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - bretty, like big time, cool, crisp and fresh with front loaded sweet fruit then bretty mp, burnished drying, 78-80 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - coffee candy, wood, cigar box, spicy cinnamon, tobacco candy, flat, flabby, hollow, totally uninteresting save a nice floral note on the finish 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Podere Rocche Dei Manzoni Barolo Big'D Big 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - candied, some dried lime zest perhaps lurking, has potential but not showing much today, big, low tannin, soft, broad but shallow, then a bit drying on the finish, I dont know what to make of this, 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Virna Barolo Preda Sarmassa Riserva 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - quinine, horseradish, mint, dry compost heap, tomato paste, very lean, nicely spiced, not any fruit, tannic, dry, some cola, , menthol and tannins on the finish 80-82 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aurelio Settimo Barolo 2005

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    AWE blind tasting - hot, over-ripe jammy, indistinct, very menthol, fluid, shallow, over-ripe, nasty 70-72 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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