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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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Ca' dei Mandorli Verdecielo Gavi 2017 750ml
Ca' dei Mandorli Verdecielo Gavi 2017 750ml
Price: $17.99

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 '29.5 Per Alessandra' Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
Hilberg Pasquero '29.5 Per Alessandra' Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
Price: $19.99

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
Parusso Langhe Nebbiolo Rosato 2018 750ml
Parusso Langhe Nebbiolo Rosato 2018 750ml
Price: $21.99

A delectable blush Nebbiolo, Parusso’s 2018 Rosato bursts with terroir, layering its sweet cherries and berries with pressed rose petals, crushed herbs, warm earth, baking spices, and touches of blood orange zest and flint. Vibrant acidity marries seamlessly with savory minerality, while a top note of sweet fruits provides a delicious contrast in this beguiling Piemontese rosé. 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. more info
Scarzello Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2017 750ml
Scarzello Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2017 750ml
Price: $24.99

Sweet red cherries and wild berries mingle with licorice, rose petals, baking spices, orange zest and balsamic herbs in this very pretty, nicely focused ’17 Langhe Nebbiolo. Fine-grained tannins meld seamlessly with bright acidity, while savory minerals usher this charming wine to a savory, sappy finish. A cuvée of grapes grown in calcareous clay soils, grapes ferment for 20 to 25 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for six to eight months in barrels, followed by six months in bottle. more info
Cieck Canavese Rosso 2016 750ml
Cieck Canavese Rosso 2016 750ml
Price: $24.99

One of the original five producers in Piemonte’s San Giorgio Canavese sub-region, Cieck crafts traditional, artisanal, delicious wines, and the estate’s Canavese Rosso is a contemporary spin on an old regional favorite. A blend of Barbera, Neretto di Canavese, and Freisa, this ’16 Rosso wafts with scents of plums, raspberries, and cherries that are underlain by tarry earth, rose petals, licorice, and peppery spices. Grapes ferment together, and the wine ages for a year in oak barrels before resting for about six months in bottle prior to release. more info
Hilberg Pasquero Vareij 2016 750ml
Hilberg Pasquero Vareij 2016 750ml
Price: $25.99

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
San Giuliano Fiore di Marcorino Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
San Giuliano Fiore di Marcorino Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
Price: $26.99

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
Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2016 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2016 750ml
Price: $29.99

Tropical, orchard, and stone fruits burst from the glass of this charming ’16 Roero Arneis, all complemented by secondary notes of white wildflowers, crushed minerals, honeyed nuts, and herbs. Citrusy acidity kicks this wine’s energy into high gear, yet it has a nicely hefty body that lingers on the mineral-laden finish--it's delightful! Deriving from 10 to 15-year-old vines grown in various Giacosa vineyard holdings, this Roero Arneis ferments for 15 to 20 days and ages for about four months, entirely in stainless steel. more info
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2016 750ml
Price: $29.99

The product of an extended growing season that produced juicy, intense wines, Prunotto's ’16 Barbera explodes with juicy red and blue fruits, but for all its intensity, it’s still nimble and bright. Brambly berries dance against a backdrop of earth, cedar, balsamic herbs, and crushed violet petals in this elegant, medium-bodied wine. Racy acidity energizes this Barbera, while copious dry extract lingers on the complex, savory finish--it’s a food-friendly, authentic beauty. 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
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2016 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2016 750ml
Price: $29.99

Juicy cherries and brooding berries cavort with peppery spices, crushed wild herbs, warm earth, wildflowers and tobacco in the muscular, rich ’16 Langhe Rosso. Chewy tannins meet electric acidity, while savory underpinnings complement the silky wine’s copious fruit. This is a food-friendly, highly pleasurable wine that drinks immediately yet has the structure to age for a few years. 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; this wine ages first in steel and finishes for a few months in barriques before bottling. more info