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. Colombera & Garella. Bramaterra 'Cascina Cottignano' Magnum 2012

    Damson, bramble and strawberry with delicate orange skin and ripe herb.  The fruit is deliciously understated, ripe and fresh as a mountain stream with mineral, lime and cherry flavours.


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  2. Villa Giada. 'Suri' Bianco 2014

    Youthful and vibrant, bright lemon and grapefruit flavours exploding on the palate. A lovely aperitivo which has the character to accompany smoked fish.


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  3. Colombera & Garella. Coste della Sesia 2013

    Colombera abd Garella Coste della Sesia
    Coste della Sesia DOC

    Grape Nebbiolo


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  4. Colombera & Garella. Coste della Sesia Magnum 2013

    Colombera abd Garella Coste della Sesia Magnum
    Coste della Sesia DOC

    Grape Nebbiolo


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    £35.00
  5. 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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  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. Colombera & Garella. Lessona 'Pizzaguerra' 2013

    Ethereal purity of fruit, black cherry, wild strawberry and hints of rose on the nose.  Silky tannins, fine fruit, violet, green tea and fresh herb with a twist of orange peel.  


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  8. 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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  9. Brovia. Barolo 'Rocche' 2005

    eRobert Parker (Galloni) 92 points
    Is all class and elegance. Sweet, open aromatics meld into an expressive core of small red fruits. As is often the case, the Rocche present a very fine, chiseled expression of fruit framed by relatively soft, silky tannins. In 2005, the Rocche is remarkably accessible, although it will likely firm up a bit in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.


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  10. 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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