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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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  • Ceretto Prapo Barolo 1996 Front Label
    Ceretto Prapo Barolo 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Riserva (red label) 1996 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Riserva (red label) 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 1996
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996  Front Label
    Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996
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  • Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 1996  Front Label
    Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1996 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Manzone Barolo Le Gramolere 1996 Front Label
    Manzone Barolo Le Gramolere 1996
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  • Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo 1996 Front Label
    Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996 Front Label
    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 1996 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 1996
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  • Fratelli Seghesio Barolo La Villa 1996 Front Label
    Fratelli Seghesio Barolo La Villa 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 1996  Front Label
    Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marcarini Barolo La Serra 1996 Front Label
    Marcarini Barolo La Serra 1996
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  • Roagna Barolo La Rocca E La Pira Riserva 1996 Front Label
    Roagna Barolo La Rocca E La Pira Riserva 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Parusso Barolo Mariondino 1996 Front Label
    Parusso Barolo Mariondino 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1996 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 1996 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Red Label 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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