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  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

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  • I wrote yesterday about the 2009 vintage in Barolo and today I begin reporting ... out soon after.   Josetta Saffirio - MonforteMonfalletto Cordero de Montezemolo - La MorraVietti - Castiglione FallettoElio Grasso - MonforteGuido Porro - SerralungaMassolino - SerralungaLuigi Pira - SerralungaCappellano - SerralungaLuciano Sandrone - BaroloBrov... Read More

    From the article Barolo 2009

  • Having just returned from visiting three dozen wineries in Piedmont I sit ready ... and clumsy at times. Josetta Saffirio – Modern approachable wines that are curiously fruity and on that level a success. Cantina del Pino – A straddler producing elegant, delicate wines. Tenuta Montanello – A straddler producing elegant wines where the oak seems... Read More

    From the article Barolo Vintage 2009

  • It's just me, no virtual tasting, or live video feed but I am in Piedmont ... ... far I've been toJosetta SaffirioViettiCordero de Montezemolo Monfalletto Today I'm heaaded toElio GrassoGuido PorroMassolinoLuigi Pira I'll post some updates here on the vintages, wine's tasted, etc but in case anyone has some specific question I'll try to answe... Read More

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  • Josetta Saffirio Barolo Persiera 2009


    This opens with a deep herbal streak on the nose full of ivy and cactus, followed by an assertive floral note and fine raspberry fruit over sandy soil tones with a hint of wood spice. Showing a little roundness early on the palate, this has slightly more aggressive tannins than the 2009 Barolo Classico from Saffirio, with more savory complexity... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Josetta Saffirio Barolo 2009


    A tight little nose with gamy rose hips, rose petals, and faint red curranty fruit. This is round and immediately red fruited on entry with red cherry and raspberry fruit that shows a soft sweetness and fine strawberry seed spice. Tannins are well managed, present but unobtrusive with juicy acidity and a nice watermelon undertone to the fruitine... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Josetta Saffirio Barolo Riserva Millenovecento48 2007


    2000 bottles producedA little tight, just a touch fudgy with black fruit and some attractive spice notes all wrapped up with sweet rose petals and a touch of chocolate covered orange peel. Silky on entry with soft burnished black cherry fruit that is supported by finely integrated acidity. This peaks early in the mouth and shows a hint of drynes... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Josetta Saffirio Barolo 2008


    10,000 bottles producedChalky on the nose with an herbal extract note with leathery and slight campfire like accents. A little compact but with excellent depth and a lovely roundness that doesn't obscure the detail here. There's fine acidity and plenty of ripe tannins supporting the slightly medicinal core of wild blackberry and slightly grapy f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Josetta Saffirio Barolo Persiera 2008


    2000 bottles producedSpicy on the nose and tight with a dusty overtone to the rosepetal and slightly minty wild cherry fruit framed with rose hips and camphor. Soft on entry, then this shows fine acid and lovely, slightly aggressive crisp tannins. The fruit has a bit of black raspberry to it and is very fresh and clear on the palate with just a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Josetta Saffirio Langhe Nebbiolo 2011


    From young vineyards in Novello, with 10% Merlot to add color and softnessSoftly herbal on the nose with an underlying sweetness to the watermelon rind, rose and herb aromas. Open and supple on entry with nice tannins that ping in your mouth like an old school pinball machine. There's some lovely fruit here, gentle woodsy red berries with underb... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Josetta Saffirio Barbera d'Alba 2011


    Aged 1 year in 30 HL BotteIvy and violets greet the nose followed by big yet fresh black fruit, this turns immensely floral and really focused with a light oaken overlay. A slightly softer style of Barbera that's filled with rich red berry and black cherry fruit yet this remains very Barbera weight with no excess weight and only modest soft tann... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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