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...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Dolcetto

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

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  • G.B. Burlotto

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

  • 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...

  • Bel Colle

    "BEL COLLE", or rather a modern wine producing company and a wine of quality. The company was est...

  • Ciabot Berton

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

  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

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

  • Tosti

    TOSTI is located at Canelli, in the heart of the area with Controlled Denomination of Origin for ...

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Kyra Wines Dolcetto 2007

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    This is actually a Washington State dolcetto, not Piedmont like the wine info says. It was certainly an interesting wine. Hints of cherry pie, cream and blackberry. Light, similar to some Italian dolcetto, though higher alcohol and lower acidity. Read More

    Wine review by JoshuaChrist


  • Conterno Giacomo Barolo Cascina Francia 2006

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    Superb. A wine that confirms my desire to want to move to Piemonte. Luscious. Harmonious. Elegant. Rich. Bejeweled. Quite a stunner. Dark forest floor fruit on the nose seduce you into the wine. Aromatic midpalate broadens the weight in the mouth without making the wine feel heavy. And the finish is soft and complete. Truly spectacula... Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Gigi Rosso Barolo Arione 2001

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    Very average wine, lacking in dimension. I've had better for under $10. Do not bother with this particular vintage at least. Read More

    Wine review by coroneus


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1980

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    Decidedly paler, again a trait of the vintage, with a sweet raspberry tone on the nose and initial notes of licorice and dried onion powder segueing into cocoa and espresso foam before finally exploding in the glass with the most profound note of celery! Lithe and balanced in the mouth with resolved tannins that offer just a hint of dusty resist... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo Riserva Giuseppe Mascarello 1961

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    From the subtlety of the 1964 we moved on to the wild power of 1961 with a feral nose rich in tobacco, leather and blue slate tones this was deep and grabbed your attention but lacked the layered complexity and clarity of the 1961. In the mouth this was still tannic and youthful to a degree but the soft acidity give this a more aged feel. There ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I have been fortunate to play host to Mauro Mascarello during his last several ... vineyards, a Grand Cru of Piedmont. Draped over a long ridge directly under the village of Castiglione and anchored by the easily identifiable Ca dMorissio, the house of Maurizio in Piedmontese dialect, Monprivato luxuriates in its Southern exposition.Monprivato... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dinner with Mauro and...


  • Barolo Mascarello Giuseppe 1964

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    Here we moved on from the great Monprivato Cru to a wine that had grapes from vineyards such as Bussia Soprana, Dardi and Villero added to the mix. This wine was a worry with its incredibly pale color when first decanted. I was upset by what I saw but knowing how old Barolo tends to darken a bit in the glass I still looked forward to trying this... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1970

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    The inaugural vintage of Monprivato and as Mauro recounts, the inaugural vintage of the newly created Ca dMorissio Riserva! How is that you ask? Well this was a trial of sorts using the best vines from Monprivato in an effort to produce something special, something that would transcend the vintage. The vines Mauro selected for this bottling were... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1978

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    This was superbly fresh on the nose with a touch of dried chocolate frosting adding sweetness to the dried strawberry fruit. There are layers of forest floor, seashell, tobacco, spice and herb notes here with flourishes of salad greens, dried asphalt, maduro tobacco and fresh porcini mushroom. On the palate this is bright and deep with a huge c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1971

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    Mute on the nose with subtle notes of dried raspberry, sheepskin, dusty, stony soil and beefy, saddle leather tones. This gained slowly but surely throughout the evening and was improved by the end of the night but was sadly finished. On the palate this was elegant and velvety with lovely balance that lent the mouthfeel a broad, yet shallow feel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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