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Piedmontese Wine Italy

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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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  • Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marenco Scrapona Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
      Marenco Scrapona Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018
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    • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
      La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2018
      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Saracco Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018 Front Label
        Saracco Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018
        Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2018 Front Label
        Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2018
        Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Marenco Brachetto d'Acqui Pineto (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
          Marenco Brachetto d'Acqui Pineto (375ML half-bottle) 2018
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          • Gaja Rossj-Bass Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
            Gaja Rossj-Bass Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
            Chardonnay from Piedmont, Italy
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