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Set upon a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, the enchanting and rolling hills of Piedmont are the source of some of the country’s longest-lived and most sought-after wines. Vineyards cover a great majority of the land area—especially in Barolo—with the most prized sites at the top hilltops or on south-facing slopes where sunlight exposure is maximized. Piedmont has a continental climate with hot, humid summers leading to cold winters and precipitation year-round. The reliable autumnal fog provides a cooling effect, especially beneficial for Nebbiolo, Piedmont’s most prestigious variety.

In fact, Nebbiolo is named exactly for the arrival of this pre-harvest fog (called “nebbia” in Italian), which prolongs cluster hang time and allows full phenolic balance and ripeness. Harvest of Nebbiolo is last among Piedmont's varieties, occurring sometime in October. This grape is responsible for the exalted wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, known for their ageability, firm tannins and hallmark aromas of tar and roses. Nebbiolo wines, despite their pale hue, pack a pleasing punch of flavor and structure; the best examples can require about a decade’s wait before they become approachable. Barbaresco tends to be more elegant in style while Barolo is more powerful. Across the Tanaro River, the Roero region, and farther north, the regions of Gattinara and Ghemme, also produce excellent quality Nebbiolo.

Easy-going Barbera is the most planted grape in Piedmont, beloved for its trademark high acidity, low tannin and juicy red fruit. Dolcetto, Piedmont’s other important red grape, is usually ready within a couple of years of release.

White wines, while less ubiquitous here, should not be missed. Key varieties include Arneis, Cortese, Timorasso, Erbaluce and the sweet, charming Muscat, responsible for the brilliantly recognizable, Moscato d'Asti.

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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2006 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Margheria 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Enrico VI 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Cru Gattera 2006 Front Label
    Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Cru Gattera 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2006 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006
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  • Oddero Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2006 Front Label
    Oddero Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2006
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  • Gaja Sperss 2006 Front Label
    Gaja Sperss 2006
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    Gaja Costa Russi 2006
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    Gaja Conteisa 2006
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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