Piemonte

Piemonte

Native Vines:

Red

• Nebbiolo
• Barbera
• Dolcetto
• Vespolina
• Freisa
• Gamba di Pernice
• Grignolino
• Ruch&eacute
• Brachetto
 

White

• Arneis
• Cortese
• Erbaluce
• Favorita (Vermentino)
• Moscato
 
Important Wines
• Barolo
• Barbaresco
• Gattinara
• Ghemme
• Boca
• Lessona
• Bramaterra
• Nebbiolo from Alba, Asti (Langhe DOCG)
• Barbera from Alba and Asti
• Gavi
• Arneis from Langhe and Roero
• Erbaluce di Caluso
• Moscato from Asti and Alba

 

For connoisseurs, collectors and drinkers alike, Piemonte is a happy hunting ground. Its unique climate, geography and history has conspired to create a vinous and gastronomic Valhalla. 

The majority of Piemonte wines concentrate on single varieties, which makes things a little easier to understand, then again there were 16 DOCGs and 42 DOCs last time I looked (probably more now) and some are ‘Village Wines’ and some ‘Varietal’. 

The most famous village wines are Barolo, Barbaresco and Gavi, waiting in the wings are the Alto-Piemonte village wines, which I am convinced will be the greats of the future. 

For now though, the rule of thumb is that Nebbiolo is fantastic and the best wines are from the villages of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Barbera is wonderful and is best from Nizza or when planted in prime Barolo sites;  Dolcetto can be rather lovely so long as it is not over-extracted. 

Gavi is making a real resurgence in qualitative terms though it is Arneis and Erbaluce, which will be responsible for the great wines of the future. 

Finally, Moscato is being taken seriously and there are some superb wines to try, there are also a good many to avoid.

 

our Piemontese selection by Winemaker / Estate...

 

Caveat
Bat and Bottle is Emma and me, there are no teams of copywriters or agencies helping us out and we are constantly limited by time.  For excellent sources of information go to my blog where I have embedded useful links.  These scribblings are personal and flawed. 

 

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  1. Ascheri. Pelaverga di Verduno 'do ut des' 2010

    Cherry, caramel, a dusting of sweet tannins, popcorn and strawberry to blueberry. A very different style to any Pelaverga that I have tasted.


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  2. Ascheri. Nebbiolo d'Alba 'San Giacomo' 2014

    A fresh vintage which was un-tampered with, the tannins were mature and allow violet and tar to emerge through berry and strawberry.  A lithe and handsome example of nebbiolo, ready to drink and It will develop over the next few years (to 2017).  


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  3. Villa Giada. Gamba di Pernice

    Villa Giada Gamba di Pernice Calosso
    Vino da Tavola


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  4. Villa Giada. Tre Ponti 2012

    Bramble, red currants and violet aromas, firm tannins with a lick of tar and dark cherry and berry fruit.  A full and finely balanced Nebbiolo.


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  5. Villa Giada. Nizza 'Bricco Dani' 2011

    Ripe, full and open fruit, fine tannins with hints of mocha mingle with backberry, damson and sloe.


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  6. Ferdinando Principiano. Barolo Serralunga 2009

    Damson, blueberry and violet, cinnamon and mint aromas, fine blackberry and blueberry fruit, loose, bright and floral with elements of minerality and cigar box.  A spectacular, easy drinking wine.


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  7. Primovolo 2007

    Every constituent wine enjoyed an excellent vintage, Giordano’s Merlot is deep and velvety, Sergio’s Sangiovese is masculine and full and Andrea’s Barbera is generous in energetic bramble-charged fruit.


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  8. Villa Giada. Barbera 'Ajan' 2012 Magnum

    Villa Giada Barbera Ajan Magnum
    Barbera d'Asti DOCG 


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  9. Ascheri. Barolo 'Pisapola' 2010

    A fine vintage with remarkably open and uncomplicated pure fruit.   Floral and fresh, forward (these are the characteristics of the vintage) with dried lavender and rosemary.  A beautiful Barolo that is eminently drinkable and will develop over many years. 


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  10. Brezza. Barolo 2011

    Brezza Barolo 2011
    Barolo DOCG

    Quite deep core of garnet but very pale on the edge, no evidence of amber of bricky colours.
    Extraordinary nose, huge and complex, a bit of an assault really: dark chocolate, cedar, rose petals the full Barolo experience in fact.


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