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 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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  2. 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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  3. Villa Giada. Gamba di Pernice

    Villa Giada Gamba di Pernice Calosso
    Vino da Tavola


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  4. 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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  5. Brezza. Barbera 'Rosalia' 2013

    Brezza Barbera Rosalia

    Leather and damson, truffle, red berry and hawthorn.  A vibrant, tannic, full flavoured, uncompromising.


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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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    £24.00
  7. Ferdinando Principiano. Barolo Serralunga 2010

    Fresh open sapid fruit with elements of mint and balsamic, a lovely freshness, clarity and delicacy - the tannins are fine and silky, a delicious and approachable Barolo that will develop over many years.


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  8. 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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  9. Brovia. Barolo 'Ca' Mia' 2005

    Dark plums, prunes, cherries, smoke, leather, menthol and liquorice emerge from this masculine Barolo.


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    £50.00
  10. 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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