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...

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  1. Villa Giada. Barbera D'Asti 'Suri' 2014

    All bramble and raspberry, joyous and vibrant, it is remarkably flexible in that the full forest fruit is the perfect partner to linguine and wild boar ragù, alternatively it can be chilled (there is very little tannin) and works well with spiced seafood.


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  2. Villa Giada. Monferrato Rose Chiaretto 2014

    There is a little more colour on the 2013, but the fruit is fresh and pure, alluring strawberry and cherry, just a touch of cream, divine.


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  3. Ascheri. Dolcetto 'Nirane' 2013

    Bright cherry and damson fruit, a picture of modern dolcetto: perfectly defined pure fruit, well judged, natural weight, a simple and joyous wine.


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  4. Ascheri. Langhe Arneis 'Selection Christina' 2013

    A slight and delicate vintage with poised floral fruit, a touch of salted butter, herb and lime, very delicate and very lovely.


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  5. Ascheri. Gavi di Gavi 'Selection Christina' 2015

    Apricot and lime, beautifully floral and fresh on the nose.  Beautifully fresh and unusually full flavours, with ripe herb, lime and wet stone, there is a spring like purity to the wine.


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  6. Villa Giada. Monferrato Bianco 'Mane' 2014

    Not dissimilar to a decent Macon villages; quite full buttery fruit, some barrique flavours of toast carefully balanced against the weight of the vintage.


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  7. Ferdinando Principiano. Freisa 'Chila' 2012

    A little tannin, fresh raspberry fruit, a touch rustic but in a very good way.


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  8. Ferdinando Principiano. Nebbiolo 'Coste' 2012

    Sapid, loose, easy sloe and raspberry fruit, laced with violet and edging toward white chocolate on the finish.  Not a big wine, just beautifully balanced and dangerously enjoyable.


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  9. Mauro Franchino. Coste della Sesia 2013

    Subtle strawberry, clove and camomile with dried rose and unrolled tobacco.  Bright, fresh and vigorous fruit, lemon and orange peel lift the fine floral berry fruit, the tannins are fully mature have an attractive sweetness, a beautifully presented traditional wine which will develop over many, many years. 


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  10. Ascheri. Montalupa Syrah 2007

    Generous fruit, big, open and soft and were it not for a vein of Piemontese restraint this could be mistaken for a top new world syrah (and I mean that as a compliment) 


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