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Introducing Luigi Giordano’s Excellent, Affordable Barbaresco!
November 20, 2019
A Note from Sergio

People call Barbaresco the "queen" to Barolo's "king," but this pairing is a little problematic. For one thing, Barbaresco is a wine that's noble, commanding, and serious on its own terms--it doesn't need to be any other wine's helpmate. It's true that the Barbaresco region is just a third of Barolo's size, so there are fewer producers, but this supply-and-demand disparity means that Barbaresco is even more precious. And while the two regions abut, Barbaresco holds myriad, almost infinite microclimates, which heightens the importance of each individual cru, subregion, and producer's style. Like Barolo, Barbaresco is a labor-intensive, long-aging wine crafted from the fussy long-ripening Nebbiolo grape that requires a substantial amount of time and work before release. Barbaresco and Barolo stand more as equals than as complements.

Today, I'm very proud to introduce you to a new Barbaresco estate, Luigi Giordano. This winery came of age during two periods of great duress in Italy: the 1930s, when it was first established, and the 1960s, when it got its modern name and its contemporary model of estate-bottling its own wines. Both the '30s and the '60s were difficult periods for Italian winemakers--people were poor, the country was poor, the world largely ignored Italian wine, and even those who loved it had to go to Italy to enjoy it because Italian winemakers lacked the economic and trade infrastructure to get their wines out of Europe. I have to hand it to Luigi Giordano, the winemaker who founded his Barbaresco estate with grit, vision, and belief in himself.

Today's Luigi Giordano wines are the estate's explosive 2015 Barbaresco Asili and its delicately powerful 2015 Montestefano. Real Barbaresco fans will recognize these two subregions--Bruno Giacosa's Barbaresco Asili is a collector favorite, while Produttori del Barbaresco's Barbaresco Montestefano is an insider's darling. The Luigi Giordano winery may have only 17 acres of vines, but they occupy prime real estate, and this fourth-generation winemaking family turns its raw materials into gorgeous, affordable, and traditional wines. The two benchmark vintage bottles below sneak below the $70 mark, and I think you're really going to love them.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Barbaresco Asili and Barbaresco Montestefano from Artisanal Luigi Giordano
2. Wine Events: Upcoming November / December Wine Tasting Events

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Luigi Giordano Barbaresco Asili DOCG 2015 750ml
Luigi Giordano Barbaresco Asili DOCG 2015 750ml
Price: $69.99

2015 saw an exceptional growing year in Barbaresco, and Luigi Giordano’s ’15 Barbaresco Asili is an exceptional wine. Pressed rose petals, warm earth, crushed herbs, peppery spices, and touches of leather and black tea frame the juicy, pure red and blue fruits in this spellbinding Barbaresco Asili. Savory minerality joins the wine’s sweet fruits on the palate, while sturdy tannins and brisk acidity provide terrific structure for aging. Cellar for a year or two and then enjoy for decades. Deriving from the estate’s southwestern-facing, clay-rich vineyard in the famed Asili subzone, grapes ferment for about two weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 18 to 24 months in botti before resting in bottle for six months prior to release. more info
Luigi Giordano Barbaresco Montestefano DOCG 2015 750ml
Luigi Giordano Barbaresco Montestefano DOCG 2015 750ml
Price: $79.99

Perfumed, pure and extremely pretty, this ’15 Barbaresco Montestefano explodes from the glass with a profusion of super-ripe cherries and berries, exotic spices, dewy rose petals, cigar wrapper, and dustings of white truffles and white pepper. This wine possesses Barbaresco’s trademark delicate power as it uncoils its myriad layers on the palate, flexes its muscular tannins, and reveals a savory minerality that lingers on the wine’s resonant finish. Cellar for a few years before enjoying for years and years to come. Deriving from the estate’s south-facing, clayey, sandy Montestefano vineyard, grapes ferment for 15 to 20 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 18 to 24 months in botti before resting in bottle for a year prior to release. more info