Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2007
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Deep garnet color, with perfectly mixed floral and spicy qualities in the nose. Notes of licorice, cherries in liqueur, cacao and fresh raspberries. Rich, full-bodied and elegant on the palate.
Wine Spectator - "Round and forward, showing cherry and strawberry flavors, this is pure and focused, with a bright structure underlining the fruit. Offers lovely balance and a lingering finish. Best from 2013 through 2027. 3,750 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Barolo Monfalletto is another superb-entry-level Barolo. The essences of crushed flowers, spices, roses and tobacco come together beautifully in this mid-weight, refined Barolo. The Monfalletto shows wonderful mid-palate density and fabulous overall balance in a pure style that recalls some of the great past vintages here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium red with an amber edge. Highly nuanced nose combines smoke, mocha, menthol, dried rose, camphor and cigar tobacco; at once delicate and intense. Sappy, insinuating cherry fruit is framed and intensified by surprising acidity. Chewy, classic Barolo with serious but sweet tannins. "This can be drunk with food already," says Alberto Cordero, "but most of our vintages are best at eight to ten years of age.""
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Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- <img border="0" align = "center" src="/images/Category/Varietal_Red_Wine.jpg" width="750" height="300">Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.