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Wines of PiemonteNebbiolo is the source of Piemonte’s most complex, distinguished, and famous wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo possesses almost exclusive affinity with Piemonte, as its performance outside this heralded zone is serviceable at best. Despite its marked rapport with Piemonte, Nebbiolo still proves to be a difficult partner, a fact directly implied by its provision of less than 3% of the area’s production. A demanding one, it requires significant exposure to the summer sun and ripens very late in the season.

While Barbaresco is considered to be softer than Barolo, given the appellation’s primary soil type (calcareous), many examples defy this convenient point of difference. In general, however, it tends to be slightly finer, less tannic, and more elegant than Barolo, and typically offers greater approachability. A significant dimension of a wine’s character is influenced by the medium selected for aging as well as the represented site. In traditional practice, Barolos and Barbarescos are fermented in large wooden botti and the maceration process may extend over a two-month period. In modern methodology, which began to evolve in the 1960s, both maceration and fermentation periods were reduced. A hallmark of the movement was the introduction of new French oak barrels, which is widely attributed to Angelo Gaja.
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Cantalupo Rosato Il Mimo 2016 750ml
Cantalupo Rosato Il Mimo 2016 750ml
Price: $16.99

A beautiful coppery pink in the glass, this ‘16 Rosato wafts with currants, strawberries, and raspberries; rose petals, truffles, licorice and earth provide subtle balance. Full-bodied and luscious, this wine unfolds with surprising complexity and a voluptuous mouth-feel--it might very well be your new favorite rosé! Deriving from a trio of Piemontese vineyards (Breclema, Carella, and Valera) with alluvial soils marked by sand and minerals, this mono-varietal Nebbiolo rosato has contact with skins for one day before separation and fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages in stainless steel to highlight terroir and grape typicity.
Dante Rivetti Barbera d'Alba Mara 2015 750ml
Dante Rivetti Barbera d'Alba Mara 2015 750ml
Price: $21.99

Fresh, lively, and deliciously drinkable, the ’15 Barbera d’Alba Mara bursts from the glass in a profusion of juicy red and blue fruits, licorice, warm loam, cocoa and wildflowers. This wine crackles with Barbera’s trademark acidity, yet for all its energy, it holds an appealing roundness, balancing its elements with a silky feel. Composed of grapes grown on the youngest vines in Bricco di Neive, grapes ferment for eight days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for ten months in steel followed by two months in bottle before release.
Giovanni Rosso Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita 2015 750ml
Giovanni Rosso Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita 2015 750ml
Price: $21.99

Sappy frutti di bosco dance with warm loam, crushed wildflowers, balsamic herbs, new leather and a kiss of bitter almonds in this delicate, deceptively powerful ’15 Barbera from Giovanni Rosso. This wine displays Barbera’s trademark vibrant acidity, but that freshness finds its match in a sweet inner perfume, complex savory notes, and a fleshy, satisfying mouth-feel. Enjoyable early, this Barbera may be the ultimate Tuesday night red! The grapes for this mono-varietal Barbera derive from vines averaging 30 years of age; after a two-week fermentation with only wild yeasts in stainless steel, the wine ages in barrels for six months to a year.
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui Donne Boschi 2015 750ml
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui Donne Boschi 2015 750ml
Price: $22.00

Nothing goes better with chocolate than light, fizzy and flavorful Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui, yet this wine also perfectly accompanies cheesecake or cream-based desserts. From the Piemonte region of northwest Italy. Brachetto d’Aqui, a slightly fizzy but not overly sweet red, is similar in aroma and taste profile to Recioto from the Veneto--you get the strawberry and floral notes on the nose, but Brachetto edges more towards the medium-bodied palate. Deriving from the estate’s southeast-facing Donne dei Boschi vineyard, the grapes first ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, followed by fermentation in autoclave to create the persistent perlage in this pleasantly fizzy wine. With its notes of bitter almond, roses and berries, Ca dei Mandorli’s Brachetto is an ideal dessert wine--but it’s also terrific as a complement to French toast, pancakes or other sweet brunch items!
Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 750ml
Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 750ml
Price: $24.99

Rose petals, Christmas spices, black licorice, and a touch of earth frame the juicy red and blue fruits in this drink-me-now ’15 Langhe Nebbiolo. Ideal for Barolo enthusiasts who can’t wait (or those want early access to the stellar 2015 vintage), this silky Nebbiolo glides across the palate; chewy tannins cling to the cheeks as the wine builds to a delicious, lively finish. Deriving from younger Nebbiolo vines grown in Serralunga, grapes for this wine ferment with only wild yeasts for about two weeks in concrete, and the wine ages in oak barrels for six months to a year before bottling.
Cornarea Roero Arneis 2015 750ml
Cornarea Roero Arneis 2015 750ml
Price: $26.99

A great alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, this dry, crisp Arneis captures the best of these great varieties have to offer, while adding a decidedly Piemonte spin. Aromatic and vibrant, the 2015 Cornarea Roero Arneis bursts with grapefruit, green pears, underbrush, crushed river rocks and white flowers. This wine echoes these notes on the complex, surprisingly weighty palate, and a kinetic acidity and vibrant saline minerality propel it to a lingering, persistent finish. Deriving from organically tended vines grown in mineral-rich sandy soils, the grapes macerate in whole bunches, and the wine ages entirely in neutral stainless steel to preserve terroir. Food-friendly and surprisingly sturdy in structure, this Roero Arneis can accompany a wide range of foods, from Vitello Tonnato to Robiola cheese to BBQ or shellfish; it’s an ideal anytime, anywhere white!
Dante Rivetti Barbera d'Alba Superiore Boschi 2012 750ml
Dante Rivetti Barbera d'Alba Superiore Boschi 2012 750ml
Price: $26.99

Reflecting the estate’s choice to let its Barbera grapes ripen a little extra, Rivetti’s ’12 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Boschi has a little more of everything-- more concentration, more depth, more intensity, and more cherry-and-berry Barbera flavors. Framing its red and blue fruits with warm baking spices, bitter almonds, vanilla, fresh earth, and a kiss of grilled herbs, this Barbera delivers complexity and nuance in a nicely hefty, satisfying palate. Deriving from the best old-vine fruit from the estate’s clayey Boschi vineyard, the super-ripe grapes ferment for eight days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year in barrel followed by a year in bottle before release.
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2013 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2013 750ml
Price: $29.99

2013 is a banner vintage in Piemonte, and this Langhe Rosso affords you an early taste of the benchmark vintage! Tarry earth, crushed flower petals, spice and underbrush frame the red and blue fruits in this gracious ’13 Rosso; it’s a food-friendly wine that pulls you back to the glass with every sip. Firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity propel this balanced and seamless wine to a thrilling, lingering finish. A blend of 80% old-vine Freisa, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, Aldo Conterno’s Langhe Rosso, which has replaced the estate's famed Quartetto, is an incredible bottle of everyday red. Conterno harvests the grapes from vineyards in Bussia, then vinifies the wine in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and ages it in barriques for a year before bottling.
San Giuliano Barbera Fiore di Marcorino 2014 750ml
San Giuliano Barbera Fiore di Marcorino 2014 750ml
Price: $29.99

2014 was a challenging year in Piemonte, but you’d never know it from this food-friendly, elegant cru Barbera. Roses, warm baking spices, fresh earth, and a touch of leather frame the juicy red and blue fruits; a sweet inner perfume peeks on the palate, complemented by fresh acidity and a kiss of minerality. San Giuliano, run by Giulio Pastura and wife Mariella, is a collection of vineyards ranging across about seventeen acres in the northeastern Piemonte zones of Roero, Asti, Neive and Barbaresco. This wine derives from vines ranging from fifteen to sixty years old grown in a southern-facing parcel of limestone marl. This wine ferments in stainless steel and ages in barrels for ten to twelve months before bottling.
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2014 750ml
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2014 750ml
Price: $29.99

2014 saw a challenging growing year in Piemonte, but you’d never know it from the seamless beauty of this cru Barbera d’Alba. Ripe black and red fruits dance on a backdrop of warm baking spices, licorice, fresh loam, pressed wildflowers, and kiss of wood. Barbera is beloved for its electric acidity, and while this cru bottling is energetic, it conveys softness on the palate, filling the mouth with plush fruit, savory minerals, and telltale Piemonte terroir. Deriving from Barbera grown in the Pian Romualdo plot, the grapes for this wine enjoy temperature-controlled fermentation, and the wine ages for a year in oak casks, followed by four months in bottle before release.