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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Varietals Produced in Piedmont View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Tenuta Olim Bauda

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

  • Bel Colle

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

  • G.B. Burlotto

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

  • Massolino

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

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Piedmont on Snooth

  • Oddero Barolo 1978

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    This opens with a bit of animal funk, penetrating and fairly intense with limestone, red cherry and leather notes dominating though there are nice grace notes of Red Hots and a light underlay of Golia candy and animal fur. This is surprisingly silky and elegant in the mouth though the tannins are a touch rustic, particularly across the midpalate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poderi Rocche Manzoni Valentino Barolo 1978

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    There are lots of bottles of this wine floating around. I have had bottles that were revelations, bottles that had been cooked to death, and bottles in-between. This was a bit in between tonight. A touch flat and shallow on the nose with nice elements that recall amaro with cinnamon and mint tones. In the mouth the wine retains a sweet core of f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Conterno Giacomo Barolo Cascina Francia 1988

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    This opens very slowly with impressively layered aromatics, tight and very mineral driven at first with river stones drying in the sun, then the fruit pops with a seared cherry note, tarry and slightly smoky with a subtle note of crushed rose petals accentuating the red berry, currant fruit. Turns progressively sweeter smelling with grace notes ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gaja Barolo Langhe Sperss 1988

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    Not surprisingly this has a rather assertive oaken sheen on the nose with a smoky, pickle barrel character. Under the wood there are fine notes of leathery, strongly floral fruit that verges into the almost Cabernet Franc-like vegetal zone. Airing helps moderate the wood and notes of thyme; wild black berry, subtle funghi and minerals emerge slo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Convento Dei Cappuccini Brachetto d'Acqui NV

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    This is the only red sparkling wine I have tasted and love it. I am not a red wine fan because of the dryness and bitterness, but this one is sweet and sparkling. I got it for Christmas one year from my friend and almost drank the whole bottle in a day. Read More

    Wine review by meko0818


  • Aldo Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador 2005

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    Younger vines, up to 15-20 years of age, go into this 100% Nebbiolo wine that is aged for 18 months in 100% new barrique. This opens with intense and characteristic aromas of Nebbiolo, a touch of tamarind then floral top notes, slightly dried cherry fruit, and a hint of menthol but also has obvious wood tones of spice, toast and vanilla, which a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aldo Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador 2005

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    Aged 12-15 months in 100% New Barriques The aromatics are intense here with immediate cigar box notes of feral, earthy tones. The fruit has a subtle foxy edge to the red plum/baked plum fruit but there is a spike of dark wood spice and ample tones of vanilla and baking spices. Bright acids right up front are refreshing and accentuate the red plu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo 1998

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    Deep and intense on the nose with strong anise and tar tinged sweet dark fruits. Real complexity here with layered notes of medicinal herbs, leather, prosciutto, and spice notes over that core of precise fruit. In the mouth the fine round tannins are young yet silky giving the wine unusual elegance. Though the intense frutti di bosco and seared ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca 1998

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    This is just lovely on the nose with intense notes of wild flowers, lingonberries, balsamic incense and medicinal roots. There is a touch of warm toast buried in the fruit but the powerful, muscular aromatics of black cherry and menthol easily balance it out. On entry the tannins are noticeably sweet and fine and support complex red fruits that ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Clerico Domenico Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1998

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    Powerful, sweet and spicy on the nose with integrated oak, very expensive smelling and while there are high, perfumed notes its a bit blunt and raw on the nose. Plush and opulent on entry and absolutely packed with extract, polished tannins, and rich fruit. The tannins clamp down on the finish though the intense plum and dark berry fruit fights ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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