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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Ascheri. Montalupa Viognier 2013

    Matteo rates this as his best vintage yet, it has a lovely rich mouthfeel, citrus and exotically tropical fruit are held around a mineral core, it is an exceptional wine.


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  6. Ascheri. Montalupa Syrah 2004

    Brambly spiced fruit and firm tannins.  Good concentration a very fine wine.


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  7. Mauro Franchino. Gattinara 2011

    Grippy tannin, wonderfully deep fruit with superb minerality, salt and iron, leather, cedar, spice and dried flowers.  An unmissable wine from another time.


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  8. 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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  9. Ascheri. Barolo 'Pisapola' 2012

    Ascheri Barolo Pisapola 2012
    Barolo DOCG

    Grape Nebbiolo

    A light-footed, mid-weight Barolo.  For me, this is a very nostalgic wine with its faded old English rose and wild strawberry nose.  A lovely mahogany patina, delicate berry, tobacco, violet and rose flavours, classic confident Barolo with fine tannins and no interfering oak or over-ripeness, a genuine, nuanced wine which perfectly demonstrate the feminine characteristics that are rising the stock of this corner of Barolo.


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  10. Villa Giada. Barbera 'Ajan' 2012 Magnum

    Villa Giada Barbera Ajan Magnum
    Barbera d'Asti DOCG 


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    £28.00

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