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...

Subregions of Piedmont

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  • Coppo

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

  • Vietti

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

  • Carlo Giacosa

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

  • Dessilani

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

  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

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

  • Ciabot Berton

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

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Brezza Freisa Santa Rosalia 2005

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    From a vino-lok finished bottle 89ptsFresh on the nose with intense floral, almost perfumed soap tones and more intense and clear spice notes of menthol, sassafras and drying hay 2+Still fairly tannic but a bit fleshier 2Freshly fruity in the mouth with much better definition to the violet, dark plum, and spicy/mineral iron flavors 3Finishes wi... Read More

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  • Brezza Freisa Santa Rosalia 2005

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    From cork finished bottle 87ptsThe nose offers up tons of dried floral notes with very minerally and earthy notes as well as a bit of balsamic treebark and pink peppercorn tones 2+Fairly tannic for its weight and a touch drying 2Spicy in the mouth with a distinct mineral bite to the sweet/sour huckleberry/plum fruit 2+Finishes with a touch of r... Read More

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  • Brezza Barbera Cannubi Muscatel 2006

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    1 year in new bottiSmoke, ash and a woody background note compete with violet and darkly earthy notes on the nose 2+Weighty in the mouth with soft acidity and a touch of tannin 2+Plummy flavors have a hard candy edge tot hem with just a touch of drying tannin on the mid-palate 2Finishes a bit short but refreshing with a touch of mineral bit on t... Read More

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  • Brezza Barbera Santa Rosalia 2007

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    From a vineyard between Alba and Diano that is also used for NebbioloReticent nose of earth, green flowers, and undertone of raspberry jam, turns very floral 2+Good sweet entry is followed by bright acidity and featherweight tannins. 2+Very fruity in the mouth with plum and red berry tones, fresh delicious and uncomplicated2+Finishes a bit short... Read More

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  • Brezza Dolcetto San Lorenzo 2007

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    From the back of the Cannubi hill facing westMore restrained on the nose with a gentle green tobacco tone to the dark fruit 2Big and lush with soft tannins and a dense feel2Darker flavors in the mouth with a decidedly woodsy/earth tone to the wild cherry fruit and a touch of sweet tea in the background 2Finishes with lovely tannins and lots of d... Read More

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  • Brezza Dolcetto Fossati 2007

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    Bottled 10 days earlierVery high-toned nose with slightly fleshy bitter cherry and a touch of cigarette ash 2Lithe and elegant in the mouth with sweet fruit and a good tannic bite 2+Refreshing in the mouth, almost a vinello style with great pure fruit and a bit of arugula floating above 2+The finishes continues the arugula note over bitter cherr... Read More

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  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2006

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    What a great wine, especially for the price (found it at Costco, so even cheaper than the price shown here). What I would consider a traditional Barbera. Read More

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  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1990

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    This offers up fine floral, herb and leather tones on the nose over a pool of sweetness yet does not offer up particularly overt fruit. The fruit comes off in background notes of roasted plum and apricot glaze with the roasted character being enhanced by the notes of melting asphalt that develop. Big and slightly chewy in the mouth, this lacks a... Read More

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  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1989

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    What a nose, intense and sweet blackberry jam joined by smoky notes and hot rocks then a touch of mossy, cool greeness, a menthol topnote and forest floor edges. The fruit here is just so clear and crisp with great depth yet the freshness of perfectly ripe and balanced fruit, breathtaking. This too has impressive sweetness on entry followed by l... Read More

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  • Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1995

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    This rachets up the intensity on the nose with an edge of pro-ked like rubber sole and canvas. The nose comes to be dominated by a sweet tea note over the enormously concentrated and deep fruit with a touch of lily floral tones in the background and a gentle suggestion of blond tobacco/cigar wrapper. Still a baby this offers much promise. In the... Read More

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