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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Ciabot Berton

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

  • 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...

  • Dessilani

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

  • 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...

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  • Azienda Agricola Tenuta Montanello Barolo 2004


    6,600 bottles produced. This spent 1 year in barrique one third of which was new, 1/3 second passage, and 1/3 third passage.There is serious intensity here on the nose with rose, hickory, menthol and tobacco notes framing very fresh red fruits and sappy, vegetal floral tones. The wood adds a bit of an autumnal character here and rounds out the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Azienda Agricola Tenuta Montanello Barolo 2003


    Smoky notes great the nose with low intensity tobacco, dried apricot, fudge, fig, menthol, butchers was and raw wood notes. Aromatically this is a bit clumsy. In the mouth this is compact and soft with tannins that seem a bit dry. The flavors are earthy and a bit woody with notes of roasted herbs and cedar framing the dried fruit/dried citrus pe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Azienda Agricola Tenuta Montanello Barolo 2002


    This wine saw 100% new barrique and 8 days of maceration. Very autumnal and evolved on the nose with dried leaves, dried fruits, a bit sharp with spicy wood tones. Cedary and complex if evolved and a little spearminty. Very soft in the mouth, fluid and easy if slightly drying with licorice tinged dried fruit notes and a hint of rainier cherry. T... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by bethesdafrog

  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2004


    I found the aroma to be very attractive and fruity scent. However, I felt the wine tastes a bit "light" and water-down. I don't know if that was because I brought it overseas via loading inside a luggage. Read More

    Wine review by Tic

  • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Barolo 2004


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    Wine review by Tic

  • Kyra Wines Dolcetto 2007


    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


    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


    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


    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

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