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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • 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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  • Dessilani

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

  • Ciabot Berton

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

  • Massolino

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

  • Coppo

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

  • Carlo Giacosa

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

  • 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...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Brovia Barolo Villero 2003

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    From a bottle open 2 daysHightoned yet a bit pruny on the nose with a bit of nut skin and macerated flowers adding interest. Adds some feral animale notes and a touch of candle wax 2+Medium full in the mouth and well integrated if seemly a bit hot with a touch of drying tannin 2Herbal on entry with a restrained core of dried raspberry fruit that... Read More

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  • Brovia Nebbiolo Valmaggiore 2004

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    From a bottle open 2 daysVery floral nose with hints of peach skin, ivy, and tender rosehip note, very high toned 2Light and elegant in the mouth with sweet tannins and integrated acidity 2+A bit rochy, strongly mineral on the attack with slightly sour and astringent strawberry/lingonberry fruits and a very gentle vegetal top note 2Very nice che... Read More

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  • Brovia Nebbiolo Valmaggiore 2004

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    From a bottle open 2 daysVery floral nose with hints of peach skin, ivy, and tender rosehip note, very high toned 2Light and elegant in the mouth with sweet tannins and integrated acidity 2+A bit rochy, strongly mineral on the attack with slightly sour and astringent strawberry/lingonberry fruits and a very gentle vegetal top note 2Very nice che... Read More

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  • Brovia Barbera Brea 2005

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    From a bottle open 2 daysJammy on the nose with a terpene edge, very dark fruit, wood is hinted at but integrated 2Softer acidity with a mouthfilling feel that has a touch of cocoa like tannin 2+Richly fruited with dark mineral almost truffly edges to the dried strawberry fruit that is almost sweet 2+The finish is a touch short and soft with an ... Read More

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  • Brovia Barbera Sori del Drago 2005

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    From a freshly opened bottleFruity and fresh on the nose with floral tones and an almost salty mineral notes 2+Big entry with bright acidity and just a hint of tannin,excellent integration 2+Really fresh fruit tones with good depth to the black raspberry notes 2+Clean and brisk on the finish with very precise strawberry and mineral notes 2+89pts Read More

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  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2004

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    Bottle open for 1 dayVery clean and pure on the nose with pure rose, slightly foxy red berry fruit and licorice then refreshing mineral/sand/limestone notes. Like walking through sandy soil in a garden after a rain. 3Elegant in the mouth with a round feel that integrates fine acidity and very ripe tannins 3The flavors of dark cherry are just a b... Read More

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  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2003

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    Bottle opened for 2 daysThe nose here is very intense with a layer floral quality very strong on violets then sweet, chinato like tones that recall cola and root beer. 2+Very fresh in the mouth with ripe tannins and good acidity 2+Lovely mineral and licorice tinged midpalate has nice strawberry fruit tones and a menthol top note 2+Finishes long... Read More

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  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2004

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    A big, fruity nose starts out with classic cherry in alcohol notes then a bit of prune plum, freshly cut herbs, salty mineral notes some prosciutto hints and layers of floral and forest floor tones. Great nose 3+Big and full in the mouth with big, round tannins and very well integrated acidity 3Slightly bitter on entry then a blast of dark cherr... Read More

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  • Giacomo Brezza & Figli Barolo Bricco Sarmassa 2003

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    Herbal and savory at first with notes of sassafras and cola over fresh meaty/spicy tones with an anise like freshness then develops a definite confiture of dark fruit aspect with bitter earth in the background 2+Fresh in the mouth yet a bit soft and the tannins are a touch drying 2On entry there are dark coffee bean tones followed by dark, almos... Read More

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  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2004

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    Just openedGrassy and earth on the nose, reticent with a slatey sort of smokiness and gentle tones of smoldering hay and a menthol top note 2+Smooth in the mouth with excellent integration, a balanced, seamless feel 3Fresh fruit tones with good cut added by fresh herbal notes. An array of sweet notes from licorice, to violet, a touch of red appl... Read More

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