Piemonte

Piemonte

our Piemontese selection by Winemaker / Estate...

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.

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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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  4. Saffirio. Langhe Nebbiolo 2015

    Saffirio Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2015

    14%
    An extraordinary vintage, old English rose, redcurrant, even lychee on the nose. Modest colour, beautiful ripe, velvety tannins, harmonious ripe raspberry and bramble. Inviting, pure and complex: exceptional.


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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. 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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  7. Ascheri. Montalupa Syrah 2004

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


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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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