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...

  • 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...

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  • Vietti

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

  • Bel Colle

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

  • Dessilani

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

  • Carlo Giacosa

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

  • Ettore Germano

    The "Germano Ettore" estate lies on one of the most important crus of Serralunga d'Alba named "Ce...

  • 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

  • Cavallotto F.lli Barolo Riserva Vignolo Italian Red 2001

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    Very savory and slightly smoky with more of a red fruit character than the San Giuseppe but also darkly scented with a bit of rubber on the edges and emerging notes of macerating flowers and gentle notes of middle eastern spices (cardamom/coriander) 3Very elegant in the mouth with very fine, polished tannins and solid vibrant acidity, mouth fill... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe Bricco Boschis 2001

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    Average age of the vines 45-50 years30 day macerationDeep high toned nose with tobacco, wet cigar, cigar ash, laurel to menthol top note, closes up in glass 2+Dense and layered in the mouth with bright juicy acids and very fine tannins with just the slightest drying edge 2+Dark and earthy at first but the superb core of fruit manages to break th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barolo DOCG 2004

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    Dusty, earthy tones on the nose with a bit of strong rose/ floral potpourri and crushed cherry fruit, emerging balsamic tones, drying asphalt and a hint of burning cherry pie juices 3Great bright acids with very polished tannins, very fine balance 2+Great cut in the mouth with a chalky earth tone under dark cherry, leathery fruit with hints of p... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oddero Barolo 2003

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    The nose opens with a huge note of wild strawberry confiture and billows of church candle and incense with just a bit of alcohol showing 2+Round in the mouth and a touch soft though the slightly astringent tannins offer a bit of a bite on the back end 2+A bit muddled on the palate, lacking a bit of precision with a bit of detracting heat showing... Read More

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  • Fratelli Oddero Barolo Mondoca di Bussia Soprana 2004

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    The smoky nose opens slowly revealing a bit of Ivy, some gravel dust, fresh green herbs then darker notes of old wood, dried flowers and subtle dried fruit tones. 3+Round with a big, powerful entry very ripe tannins and excellent supporting acidity 3Great intensity of flavor in the mouth weight any excess weight, melon rind and spicy almost goos... Read More

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  • Oddero Barolo Brunate 2004

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    Great complexity on the nose with drying plum, light smoke tones, green herbs and almost salty minerality, closes up a bit in the glass but still offers up great intensity and complexity 3+Very linear in the mouth with excellent balance, tannins embedded in the fruit and the acid cruising just under the surface. 3Deep and bright in the mouth wit... Read More

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  • Fratelli Oddero Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2004

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    Floral/vegetal notes dominate the nose over an underlay of almost slate like minerality, light note of cherry in alcohol, good freshness 2+A touch soft yet elegant with an austere character, well balanced and approachable 2+A touch low intensity on the palate with easy notes of lingonberry/mulberry fruit with a sandy, mineral edge 2+Tannins grow... Read More

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  • Oddero Barolo Villero 2004

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    Great intensity on the nose with a syrupy edge to the raspberry tones that are joined by notes of nettles, white clay, smoky, smoldering wood notes and an undertone of dark, pruney,fudgy fruit 2+Velvety and round in the mouth with perfectly integrated acidity and fine grained tannins 3Lovely fruit reveals the dark, earthy side of Villero with em... Read More

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  • Oddero Barolo 2004

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    A blend of fruit from Castiglione Falleto( Bricco Fiasco) and La Morra (Bricco Chiesa and Capalot) 20 day fermentation/maceration. Each cru vinified separately, aged in separate botti then assembled.Very taut nose revealing subtle notes of tobacco and leather then a bit of seared cherry and chalky, powdery earth. 2+Luxurious and elegant in the m... Read More

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  • Brovia Barolo Rocche Dei Brovia 2004

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    Slightly jammy fruits on the nose with a slight feral edge, a touch meaty with menthol and asphalt undertones 2+Good acids in the mouth with a soft, gentle, approachable character 2+Low intensity flavors with great transparency, slight sour berry fruit, uncomplicated 2Finishes short and austere without great intensity 2 (5/2008)88pts Read More

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