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.
A fresh vintage which was un-tampered with, the tannins were mature and allow violet and tar to emerge through berry and strawberry. A lithe and handsome example of nebbiolo, ready to drink and It will develop over the next few years (to 2017).Learn More£15.76 As low as: £14.95
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.Learn More£25.00 As low as: £23.75
Ascheri Barolo Pisapola 2012
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.Learn More£28.00 As low as: £26.60
Brezza Barolo 2012
Quite deep core of garnet but very pale on the edge, no evidence of amber of bricky colours.Learn More
Extraordinary nose, huge and complex, a bit of an assault really: dark chocolate, cedar, rose petals the full Barolo experience in fact.£30.00 As low as: £28.50
Violet, black berries and spice on the nose, firm structure with a great clarity of flavour.
Best drunk 2020 – 2025, this is very subjective! It drinks beautifully now and should keep until 2030.
Open to breathe for 3-4hrs
Decant first, sediment may occur with more age.£36.85 As low as: £35.00