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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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Hilberg Pasquero '29.5 Per Alessandra' Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
Hilberg Pasquero '29.5 Per Alessandra' Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
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Named for the length of the lunar cycle, this ’16 Barbera d’Alba is delicious, layering its crisp red and brambly blue fruits with warm tobacco, new leather, violet petals, warm loam, licorice and spices. There’s plenty of Barbera’s trademark acidity, but it’s complemented by lush dry extract, a sweet inner perfume, and a complex, persistent finish--this wine is terrific! Grapes derive from the estate’s southwestern-facing sandy, clayey Barbera vineyard; after fermenting for five days in temperature-controlled stainless steel with natural yeasts, the wine ages for a year in stainless and two months in bottle prior to release. more info
Ca' dei Mandorli Verdecielo Gavi 2017 750ml
Ca' dei Mandorli Verdecielo Gavi 2017 750ml
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Price: $17.99
Special Price: $14.99

Exotic citrus fruits, buttered toast, crushed white wildflowers, and kisses of spice and minerals dance in this fresh, elegant ’17 Verdecielo Gavi. A sweet inner perfume is complemented by a scrumptious strain of acidity, making this wine an ideal complement for fish, seafood, salads or aperitivi. Deriving from a southwest-facing vineyard in a natural amphitheater the heart of the Gavi DOCG, the Cortese grapes are cryo-macerated, a process where the juice sits on the skins at an extremely low temperature prior to fermentation, which lasts 24 hours in stainless steel to enhance the fruit and other flavors. Fermentation lasts three weeks before the wine is aged for four months in steel and then in bottle for an additional four to six months. About 500 cases are produced each vintage. more info
Hilberg Pasquero Vareij 2016 750ml
Hilberg Pasquero Vareij 2016 750ml
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Price: $25.99
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A rare blend of Brachetto and Barbera, Vareij marries floral aromatics with bracing acidity and elegant structure. Fistfuls of rose and violet petals frame the succulent red and blue fruits of the extremely pretty ’16 Vareij; baking spices, newly turned earth, savory minerals and wild herbs provide a compelling backdrop. This wine glides across the palate, gathering a sneaky power as it builds to a balanced, elegant and sustained finish--it’s a sheer delight! Mostly Brachetto with about 40% Barbera, the biodynamically tended grapes ferment for seven to fifteen days in open-top stainless steel, and the wine ages for about a year in stainless steel to preserve the fruit and the terroir. more info
Cornarea Roero Arneis 2018 750ml
Cornarea Roero Arneis 2018 750ml
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Price: $26.99
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Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2017 750ml
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2017 750ml
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Price: $34.99
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A ripe growing year that ended in a crisp harvest, 2017 ended beautifully for Antinori’s team at the Prunotto estate, and the ’17 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba reflects its high quality, low yield vintage in its intense, genial profile and silky texture. Sun-drenched red and black fruits mingle with smoky minerals, violet petals, baking spices, warm earth and melted chocolate in this lip-smacking delicious Barbera. Full-bodied yet balanced, this wine wraps its brambly fruits around a core of minerals and loads its energetic finish with lots of chewy tannins--it’s delicious! Deriving from Barbera vines grown in the estate’s calcium-rich 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. more info
San Giuliano Fiore di Marcorino Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
San Giuliano Fiore di Marcorino Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
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Price: $26.99
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The ’16 Fiore di Marcorino Barbera d'Alba wraps its succulent cherries and berries around a core of savory earth, saline minerals, and balsamic herbs; peppery spices and subtle wildflower petals round out the entrancing nose. Medium-bodied and brightly acidic, this Barbera glides with a silky feel into its lingering, chocolatey, mineral-laden finish. San Giuliano, run by Giulio Pastura and wife Mariella, is a collection of vineyards ranging across about seventeen acres in the 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 for 7 to 10 days in stainless steel and ages in barrels for ten to twelve months before bottling. more info
Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010 750ml
Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010 750ml
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Price: $27.95
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Made with only natural yeasts and vinified entirely in stainless steel, this cru Dolcetto offers pure, unmitigated, Dogliani terroir. Unlike the other two grapes that make up the great triumvirate of Piemontese red wine grapes--Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto--Dolcetto’s aromas tend toward black fruits: black cherries, black plum, black raspberries, all alluded to in the wine’s dark purple color. The sumptuous, juicy 2010 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi is intense and brambly, offering bright cherries and berries, dusky earth, fresh-cut herbs, and a nice core of minerality. Supple, fresh, balanced, and offering chewy tannins, this Dolcetto will make you reconsider the grape, and the under $30 price point means you can enjoy it early and often! more info
Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2012 750ml
Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2012 750ml
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Price: $59.99
Special Price: $34.99

Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “This wine is now in a magic spot with eight years of maturity from the 2012 vintage, as the tertiary flavors are just entering the profile. The Tortoniano label is best known for its soft inviting fruit and elegance, showcasing a more feminine side of Barolo. Well, it’s silky texture and exotic nuances are on full display today. The nose reveals notes of dried cherries, roses, potpourri, and black tea. On the palate, sweet cherries, blood orange, cinnamon, cocoa, tobacco, a touch of smoke, leather, truffle, and underbrush all join the party, adding an umami element to this richly layered expression. The wine becomes more herbal and tea-like on a dry and coiled finish that hints at further aging. But for today, what’s not to like? This is simply fun drinking, seamless Barolo, delivered at a ridiculously fair price. Let the wine breathe an hour or two for best results. more info
Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2017 375ml
Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2017 375ml
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Price: $42.99
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Carlo Giacosa Barbaresco Vigna Montefico 2016 750ml
Carlo Giacosa Barbaresco Vigna Montefico 2016 750ml
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Price: $54.99
Special Price: $47.99

If you appreciate Barbaresco and Barolo, then the symbolic and patriarchic name of Bruno Giacosa is not new to you. However, the producer we are talking about today is the smaller, more artisanal Carlo Giacosa. Aside from iconic last name, they do share three important things in common, and that is (1) prized grand cru like vineyard holdings in Barbaresco (Montefico, Asili, Ovello and Cole), (2) Dante Scaglione – the esteemed consulting enologist that assisted Bruno Giacosa in making some of his most legendary Barolo and Barbaresco, and (3) a traditional expression of the noble Nebbiolo. What may surprise you even further is that this is not a new estate, there is a long history here. Carlo’s father, Donato, was among the few growers that founded the Produttori del Barbaresco in 1958 under the guidance of the priest of Barbaresco. Carlo himself grew up alongside Angelo Gaja as Donato performed a lot of vineyard work for the GAJA family. Then, in the mid-sixties, Donato and the family went out on their own bottling their own wines and have remained under the radar in the US. Until now that is, with Dante Scaglione on board over the past few years, this is a historic rising star to watch.

Carlo Giacosa is small, farming just five hectares, yielding a mere 3,000 cases a year of traditionally driven Barbaresco. They practice organic, producing wines from long macerations and aging in large casks. More importantly, they count some of Barbaresco’s most famous crus as their own. There is the structured single vineyard Barbaresco Vigna Montefico, which is sourced from the eponymous cru.
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