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.
Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2002Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Prunotto Moscato d'Asti 2002Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Scarlatta Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Piedmont, Italy
Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2002Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d'Alba 2002Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2002Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Bruno Franco Roero Arneis 2002Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
Degiorgis Barbera Luna Nuova 2002Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2002Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, ItalyCurrently Unavailable $14.99Try the 2018 Vintage 15 9914 9914 99Save $0.00 (0%)
Batasiolo Gavi 2002Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
Fratelli Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2002Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d'Asti (half-bottle) 2002Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Banfi Argusto Dolcetto di Acqui 2002Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
Ca' Bianca Barbera d'Asti 2002Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Colli de Lapio Fiano Di Avellino 2002Fiano from Piedmont, Italy
Coppo L'Avvocata Barbera d'Asti 2002Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2002Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy