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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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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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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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Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2017 750ml
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2017 750ml
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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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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
Cieck Canavese Rosso 2016 750ml
Cieck Canavese Rosso 2016 750ml
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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
Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2012 750ml
Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2012 750ml
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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
Hilberg Pasquero Nebbiolo D'Alba 2013 750ml
Hilberg-Pasquero Nebbiolo D'Alba 2013 750ml
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Price: $49.99
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Coming from biodynamic boutique producer Hilberg-Pasquero, this complex ’13 Nebbiolo leaps from the glass in a shower of juicy red fruits, truffles, baking spices, rose petals, warm earth, and espresso. Elegant and rustic, this juicy wine slinks across the palate with silky tannins, vivid electricity, and a shade of Barolo’s trademark ethereality--the 2013 is a terrific embodiment of its benchmark year! Deriving from vines aged 40 to 45 years old that are organically grown in limestone-rich, marble soils, grapes ferment for 25 days, and the wine ages for 22 months in barrique, followed by 22 months in bottle prior to release. more info
San Giuliano Barbaresco 2015 750ml
San Giuliano Barbaresco 2015 750ml
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2015 saw a banner growing year in Piemonte, and San Giuliano’s Barbaresco glows with a brilliant ruby hue, a hint at its glorious palate. Rose petals, crushed river rocks, peppery spices, cedar and loam frame the succulent raspberries and juicy black cherries in this captivating Barbaresco. Chewy tannins fill the mouth, complemented by a sweet inner lift, and lively acidity; the wine’s elegant mineral core propels its sustained finish, where sweet fruits linger, deliciously. Deriving from the estate’s southwest and southeast-facing vineyards with limestone marl soils, grapes ferment in stainless steel for seven to ten days; the wine ages in half Slovenian botti and half barriques for 18 to 24 months, followed by an additional six months in bottle before release. Enjoyable now with liberal decanting, this wine will become even lovelier as it matures. Just 500 cases made. more info