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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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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 1996 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 1996
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    • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996 Front Label
      Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Pora Riserva 1996
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    • Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Barbaresco 1996
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    • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1996
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      • Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 1996 Front Label
        Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 1996
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Ceretto Zonchera Barolo 1996 Front Label
          Ceretto Zonchera Barolo 1996
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          • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Moccagatta Riserva 1996 Front Label
            Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Moccagatta Riserva 1996
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          • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva 1996 Front Label
            Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva 1996
            Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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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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          • Fontanabianca Barbaresco 1996  Front Label
            Fontanabianca Barbaresco 1996
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            • Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1996 Front Label
              Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1996
              Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996  Front Label
              Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Prunotto Cannubi Barolo 1996 Front Label
              Prunotto Cannubi Barolo 1996
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            • Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 1996  Front Label
              Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 1996
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              • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 1996
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                • Brezza Barolo Classico 1996 Front Label
                  Brezza Barolo Classico 1996
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                  • Pio Cesare Grignolino 1996
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                    • Pio Cesare Nebbiolo 1996
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                      • Produttori del Barbaresco Torre Barbaresco 1996 Front Label
                        Produttori del Barbaresco Torre Barbaresco 1996
                        Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Prunotto Barolo 1996 Front Label
                          Prunotto Barolo 1996
                          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Travaglini Gattinara 1996
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                            • Michele Chiarlo Barilot 1996
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                              • Pio Cesare Langue Roero Arneis 1996 Front Label
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                                Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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