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...

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  • Batasiolo

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

  • Coppo

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

  • Dessilani

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

  • Vietti

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

  • 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...

  • Ciabot Berton

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

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  • Piazzo Comm. Armando Barolo 2005


    AWE blind tasting - charcuterie and pork aspic, it really smells like working with pork products, light, fresh, easy, simple, not interesting but far from offensive, 83-84 Read More

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  • Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2005


    AWE blind tasting - fine oak notes, candied, candied raspberry leathery, nice fruit is a little simple, a bit flaccid up front, lacks some vibrancy, nice deep fruit on the mp is monolithic and feels a bit extracted, heavy on the backend, no detail, extracted feel on the finish with a touch of nice earth adding a bit of complexity 83-84 Read More

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  • Eugenio Bocchino Barolo "Lu" 2005


    AWE blind tasting - nice refreshing balsamic scents, intense pine needle, ripe fruit, fur, amazing Christmas tree tone, much less interesting in the mouth, loose, without focus, some nice fruit and a touch of the balsamic character found on the nose but mostly a stripped flaccid wine, nice fruit re emerges on the finish, so maybe it will fill ... Read More

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  • Gigi Rosso Barolo Arione 2005


    AWE blind tasting -lots of apricot, smells like cedar and redwood, lightly jammy raspberry, quite floral but the pencil wood is noticeable, lacks tension in the mouth, a bit fluid, a bit boring, nice fruity notes accented with vanilla sugar tones, 84-85 Read More

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  • Rivetto Barolo Giulin 2005


    AWE blind tating - gamy, leathery, candied herbs, loose, not much here to work with, light, elegant perhaps, simple 84-85 Read More

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  • Elio Grasso Nebbiolo Langhe DOC Gavarini 2005


    AWE blind tasting - smells like a cigar butt in apricot jam, smoky, tarry jammy, languid, nice acids, kind of soft and dilute, easy across the tongue with small austere tannins, finishes chalky with a touch of a tobacco tone, 84-85 Read More

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  • Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Ravera 2005


    AWE blind tating - Rosehips, roasted strawberry, mint, roast beef drippings, some high toned notes, tarry and menthol decent fruit in the mouth, nice concentration, a bit of freshness but also a bit of matteness, good length, fruit on the finish, 84-85 Read More

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  • Barolo Cannubi 2005


    AWE blind tasting - lots of flashy oak on the nose, sweet, candied, backing spice, praline nose, plush and polished with a sexy mouthfeel, good acids, fine tannins, very nice tannins for 2005, nice bitter cherry fruit but lacks any sweetness or gentleness, and pretty oaky in the mouth, not offensively so but close, very drying finish, 84 85 Read More

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  • Boroli Barolo Cerequio 2005


    AWE blind tating - deep and intense, rose, cherry, prugnie, spice and menthol tones, nice freshness and nice limestone underlay, fresh up front, a bit shallow, decent fruit but a bit nondescript, falls off on the backend, ends short with lots of tannin, 84-85 Read More

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  • Roberto Sarotto Barolo Audace 2005


    AWE blind tasting -bitter fruit, cedary, earthy, high acid soil, lean, focused, clean, fairly precise red fruits, very little complexity a touch of wood, and some spicy green fruit notes, lime zest, maybe even a touch of roast beef, finishes with a touch of candied herbalness, 84-85 Read More

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