Principiano

Piemonte

Monforte d’Alba, Piemonte

Ferdinando Principiano joined the business that his father had started after graduating from the Enological School in Alba.

Stints with Giacomo Conterno and Roberto Voerzio have helped focus a style that is rooted in the qualities of the soil and use of native grapes.

There are strong elements of biodynamic farming and his standards exceed those demanded by organic certification however, he has no wish to formalise his philosophy as things can go very wrong and there are some excellent remedies that fall outside of these certifications.

The sacrifice of such valuable marketing terms has not affected his business, this is a classic insider estate, the vineyards are epic and the winemaking immaculate.

I find Ferdinando’s wines pared back in style and a pure and precise reflection of the land and the vine.
I should qualify expectations, Barolo has a reputation for brawn and Nebbiolo d’Alba can be equally menacing, Ferdinando’s wines are far more fly-half than prop forward.

sugar level
10

6 Item(s)

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Ferdinando Principiano. Dolcetto 'Dosset'

    Fresh citrus laced berry fruit, a wine to refresh the mouth whilst leaving the brain in a reasonable state.


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  4. Ferdinando Principiano. Freisa 'Chila' 2012

    A little tannin, fresh raspberry fruit, a touch rustic but in a very good way.


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  5. 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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  6. Ferdinando Principiano. Barolo Serralunga 2011

    Good concentration with balancing freshness, typical clear blueberry to damson fruit, fine ripe tannins and more minerality than recent vintages. 


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sugar level
10

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