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  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • Nebbiolo the wine, the purest expression of the grape that shares the same ... ... Nebbiolo. 92pts 2011 Luigi Pira Langhe Nebbiolo $26 The lowest parts of Margheria and Merenga planted specifically for use in Lange Nebbiolo fourteen years ago. These lower vineyards seem to hold more water in the berries so the wines come off as less extracted ... Read More

    From the article Nebbiolo Values


  • Barbera, when you ask most people their initial reaction to the name might ... ... ... 89pts   2011 Luigi Pira Barbera d'Alba $30 10,000 bottles One year in wood, half large half small, From two hectares south of Serralunga, only vineyard outside of Nebbiolo,  ten years old, should be planted in Nebbiolo, equal soil to Serralunga, same subsoi... Read More

    From the article Barbera: Piedmont's Chameleon


  • Luigi Pira Langhe Nebbiolo 2011

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    The lowest parts of Margheria and Merenga planted specifically for use in Lange Nebbiolo fourteen years ago. These lower vineyards seem to hold more water in the berries so the wines come off as less extracted than higher plts, this vintage the extract is the maximum, same harvest time as barolo Lovely nose filled with pure Nebbiolo fruit, high ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Luigi Pira Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    10,000 bottles One year in wood, half large half small, From two hectares south of Serralunga, only vineyard outside of Nebbiolo, ten years old, should be planted in Nebbiolo, equal soil to Serralunga, same subsoil as Cascina Francia Very dark color. Older wood aromas greet the nose bringing some salami notes to the coffee and wood spiced red c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I've had  a love/hate relationship with Dolcetto for years now. People ... ... long finish. 87pts 2011 Luigi Pira Dolcetto d’AlbaOnly in SSDark, violets, dark fruit and spicy herbs greet the nose with a  mulberry top notes. In the mouth this is a little chewy,though with  a nice juicy feel. Rich and fresh and very drinkable in a lightly seriou... Read More

    From the article Current Release Dolcetto


  • Dolcetto Dalba Pira Luigi 2011

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    Dark, violets, dark fruit and spicy herbs greet the nose with a mulberry top notes. In the mouth this is a little chewy,though with a nice juicy feel. Rich and fresh and very drinkable in a lightly serious kind of way, this has that dark earthy fruitiness a lot of dolcettos seem to have and is fairly tannic though the tannins pass quickly lik... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I'm picking up here where I last left off, halfway through reporting on mostly the 2009 vintage in Barolo. As you can see here, and in my previous report on these wines, the vintage is a bit irregular to say the least with some powerful, structured wines being produced as well as many wines that show elevated alcohols or aggressive tannins. As I... Read More

    From the article Visits in Piedmont Part 2


  • I wrote yesterday about the 2009 vintage in Barolo and today I begin reporting ... reporting ... - SerralungaLuigi Pira - SerralungaCappellano - SerralungaLuciano Sandrone - BaroloBrovia - Castiglione FallettoElvio Cogno - NovelloPaolo Scavino - Castiglione FallettoCavallotto - Castiglione Falletto Josetta Saffirio - Monforte Josetta Saffirio... Read More

    From the article Barolo 2009


  • Having just returned from visiting three dozen wineries in Piedmont I sit ready ... me Fourth growths Luigi Pira – A bit of a modernist with the rotofermenters wines that can make the wines seem over extracted and clumsy at times. Josetta Saffirio – Modern approachable wines that are curiously fruity and on that level a success. Cantina del Pin... Read More

    From the article Barolo Vintage 2009


  • Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda 2009

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    Shows some toast and vanilla on the nose over black fruit, shoe polish, tight, small red berry fruit, and a bit of dr pepper spiciness with that hint of vanilla married to black cherry fruit.  Soft and supple on entry, and surprisingly open, showing good focus on the mid palate with lots of mineral laced fruit and very fine tannins but the tanni... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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