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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
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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.
Mamete Prevostini Rosato Monrose 2016 750ml
Mamete Prevostini Rosato Monrose 2016 750ml
Price: $19.99

Its name means “rosé of the mountains,” and this delicate blush wine reveals its high altitude terroir in its nose of tart red fruits, citrus zest, violet petals, crushed river rocks, and rosehips. The 2016 bottling balances its vibrant acidity with a silky mouth-feel, and, driven by nice minerality, its lingering finish is elegant and satisfying. A mono-varietal Nebbiolo deriving from the estate’s organically tended vineyards in Valtellina, the grapes macerate on the skins for just eight hours before aging in tank for six months.
Dante Rivetti Barbera d'Alba Mara 2015 750ml
Dante Rivetti Barbera d'Alba Mara 2015 750ml
Price: $21.99
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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
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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.
Parusso Langhe Nebbiolo Rosato 2017 750ml
Parusso Langhe Nebbiolo Rosato 2017 750ml
Price: $21.99

Bright, pure red fruits dance against a backdrop of saline minerals, crushed wildflower petals, and kisses of spice and earth in this caressing, energetic Rosato. A sweet inner perfume of cherries and berries finds its complement in the savory minerals that propel this beguiling wine to a harmonious finish. Deriving from various Langhe vineyards that sport sandy, limestone-rich soils, the Nebbiolo grapes for this wine ferment in stainless steel, and the wine ages for six months in stainless steel before resting in bottle for a month prior to release.
San Giuliano Roero Arneis 2011 750ml
San Giuliano Roero Arneis 2011 750ml
Price: $22.00

This fresh-faced winsome wine hails from the Roero region of Piemonte, and although “Arneis” means “difficult child,” San Giuliano’s interpretation is anything but churlish. Delicately floral in scent, ripe white peaches and green apples greet your palate, and a mouth-watering acidity finishes the experience, readying you for your next bite of food or sip of wine. Drinking now, delightfully.
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui 2012 500ml
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui 2012 500ml
Price: $22.00

Nothing goes better with chocolate than nothing goes better than the light, fizzy and flavorful Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui. 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. With notes of bitter almond, roses and berries, Brachetto is also perfect with cheesecake or a cream-based dessert, and this version from family-owned-and-operated Ca dei Mandorli is both authentic and wallet-friendly.
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!
Quinto Chionetti Briccolero Dolcetto di Dogliani 2011 750ml
Quinto Chionetti Briccolero Dolcetto di Dogliani 2011 750ml
Price: $22.99

Rose petals, sun-warmed earth, peppery spices, and minty herbs frame the succulent blue and red fruits in this nuanced yet rustically styled ’11 Dolcetto Briccolero. Silky in the mouth, this wine releases a tempting inner perfume as it oozes across the palate, building to a resounding finish. While the estate’s Dolcetto San Luigi is a transparent expression of terroir, Chionetti’s Dolcetto Briccolero uses protocol to enhance longevity and complexity. Grapes derive from a southeastern-facing plot of mixed soils; grapes ferment in stainless steel for about fifteen days, and the wine ages in steel tanks for about eleven months, followed by eleven months in cask.
Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 750ml
Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 750ml
Price: $24.99
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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.