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Michele Chiarlo Grignolino
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Michele Chiarlo Grignolino
2007
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Grignolino.
Year2007
Alcohol12.8 %
TasteThis is a simple but pleasing wine full of fruit and a minty taste that is very light, fresh and clean finishing.
ColourLight ruby-red in colour with subtle amber reflections.
TCD Opinion
This is not a powerhouse but a subtle wine to be tried and understood. It is pleasant but will not require a note in your diary. Interesting wine to try.

Grignolino is not a very famous wine even within Italy, the grape has not been exported to other climates with good reason. The grape is not capable of blockbuster wines...
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TCD Score: 86/100
86 points for a good Grignolino that gives about as much as the grape can offer.
 
Poderi Colla Dolcetto d'Alba
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Poderi Colla Dolcetto d'Alba
2007
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerPoderi Colla
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
GrapeDolcetto 100%
Year2007
Alcohol12 %
TasteFlavorful, full, fresh and vinous on the palate, with a long finish, this is an appealing, easy-going wine
ColourIntense ruby red in color
TCD Opinion
2007 is being hailed as a great year for Dolcetto and Poderi Colla have outdone themselves with this effort. A taste of the Piedmont at a fair price.

Piemonte produced Dolcetto d'Alba is a great wine to accompany food and is priced to sell.
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TCD Score: 88/100
With 88 points on 100 this wine, typical of Piedmont, a great wine to accompany a good meat based pasta dish.
 
Michele Chiarlo Dolcetto
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Michele Chiarlo Dolcetto
2007
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Dolcetto
Year2007
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteThe palate is smooth and balanced, with a distinctive almond finish.
ColourBrilliant Ruby Red.
TCD Opinion
The Dolcetto is the "cheapest" wine from the Chiarlo vineyards but is a very complete and balanced wine and a good expression of the terrior.

Pretty nose of vanilla and cherries. Medium-full bodied with polished tannins and a smooth distinctive finish. (SN - 10/07)
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TCD Score: 85/100
88 points for a fine Dolcetto, a good trade between price and quality. Very enjoyable.
 
Braida Barbera d'Asti Montebruna
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Braida Barbera d'Asti Montebruna
2004
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerBraida
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Barbera
Year2004
Alcohol13.5% %
TasteIt is deep, full and harmonious in the mouth, with a long finish that maintains lasting taste and finishes with almond.
ColourRuby red-violet.
TCD Opinion
Good year with a very good September; Braida vineyards were something of a falcon from the flames! Wonderful Barbera, a hardy little grape!

Bright ruby red colour with a striking nose of ripe cherries and red berries. This wine has a full bodied and smooth textured taste with a long finish, the final notes...
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TCD Score: 90/100
90 points for the 2004 Montebruna from the top Barbera vineyard in the world. Very elegant and soft, good balance. If you are looking for a top quality wine under £10, this is a strong contender.
 
Braida Monferrato Rosso Il Bacialè
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Braida Monferrato Rosso Il Bacialè
2006
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerBraida
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape60% Barbera, 20% Pinot Noir 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot.
Year2006
Alcohol13 %
TasteThe pinot gives a delicate note of blackberry, and a warm, pleasing mouth-feel, from the finish of plum, pepper and cinnamon. A complex and elegant wine.
ColourIntense, brilliant ruby red.
TCD Opinion
An adventurous wine from Braida but an interesting mix that we can recommend as a brilliant accompaniment to food.

A bright ruby red with spices dominating the nose. The finish is fresh with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and berries. Charming wine, supple and drinking well today. (SN - 10/07)
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TCD Score: 88/100
88 points for an interesting blend for Braida. A tellingly quality wine that is unique. Worth a try.
 
Poderi Colla Nebbiolo d'Alba -
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Poderi Colla Nebbiolo d'Alba -
2006
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerPoderi Colla
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Nebbiolo, Lampia and Michet subvarieties
Year2006
Alcohol12.5 %
TasteFull-bodied, structured, with firm yet pleasing tannins.
ColourIntense ruby red.
TCD Opinion
Four stars year considered good

The Nebbiolo d'Alba might not pack the same punch as the Barolo from Poderi Colla but at this price what you get is a brilliant expression of pure Nebbiolo finesse. Give...
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TCD Score: 89/100
With 89 points on 100 Nebbiolo Cascine Drago is an elegant companion for all italian meat/pasta dishes.
 
Braida Barbera del Monferrato Frizzante
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Braida Barbera del Monferrato Frizzante
2007
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerBraida
Size0.75 l.
TypeFizzy
Grape100% Barbera.
Year2007
Alcohol13 %
TasteBubbly foam, lightly sparkling, choc full of berries and full bodied.
ColourBright ruby red-violet color.
TCD Opinion
This is quality fizz with a berry taste. If the Piedmont had a party, this wine would be the DJ. Great fun.

If you're looking for a top quality fizzy red to liven up a tasting or a tapas then this is just the ticket. Flavourful and delicious with food.
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TCD Score: 87/100
87 Points - fizzy reds can't be scored in the same way as still reds however, this wine receives its score because it fulfills its purpose. It is great quality fizz that will slide down wonderfully at parties.
 
Poderi Colla Barbera d'Alba Costa Bruna
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Poderi Colla Barbera d'Alba Costa Bruna
2006
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerPoderi Colla
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Barbera
Year2006
Alcohol13 %
TasteAppealing and forward, both charming in youth and cellar-worthy.
ColourDeep, intense ruby red.
TCD Opinion
Four stars vintage considered very good. 2006 was a good year for Barbera, the quality of Poderi Colla means this wine can be cellared.

Value with a capital V. Barbera was the star turn in 2005 and this producer is knocking out some of the very best Barbera's available.
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TCD Score: 87/100
With 87 points on 100, Barbera d'Alba Costa Bruna is an all-round food wine as well as being an excellent option for the cellar.
 
Poderi Colla Bricco del Drago
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Poderi Colla Bricco del Drago
2004
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerPoderi Colla
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
GrapeDolcetto 85% Nebbiolo 15%
Year2004
Alcohol13 %
TasteA chorus where Nebbiolo gives the peak performance with Dolcetto in the background. Spicy and/or vinous notes characteristic of the two varieties, mellowed by ageing. Very rich but non-aggressive.
ColourVery intense, deep ruby red, with the purple reflections typical of young Dolcetto.
TCD Opinion
Five stars year considered legendary.

Luxury dark purple in the glass, looks thick and jammy because it is. 85% dolcetto and 15% nebbiolo d'alba go into an interesting blend that starts a little sharp but has...
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TCD Score: 90/100
90 points for a legendary Piedmont wine, this is one of the best vintages and the best example of Poderi Colla's Bricco del Drago in our opinion.
 
Ceretto Blangé
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Ceretto Blangé
2007
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerCeretto
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Arneis
Year2007
Alcohol13 %
TasteMid bodied, hint of lemon, good acidity and a nice finish.
ColourLight golden yellow.
TCD Opinion
Not QPR driven, better white wines for this price.

A light and lively wine with lemon notes on the palate and an apple and pear nose.
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TCD Score: 85/100
85 points for a fresh and fruity 2007 Blange.
 
Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco
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Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco
2005
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
GrapeNebbiolo - 100%
Year2005
Alcohol13.8 %
TasteSilky smooth, elegant and refined. Not a powerful Barbaresco but a comtemplative wine, well balanced and refined.
ColourBeautiful garnet red.
TCD Opinion
This years Barbaresco is the most flavourful of Michele Chiarlo's recent efforts with billberries, licorice and spices pouring forth on the nose. The wine offers a tremendously long finish and is both silky and refined. For a budget Barbaresco, this is quality.

Excellent value for money in a vintage year. The 2004 Barbaresco is already drinking beautifully. This will be a wonderful wine in which to purchase 6 bottles and try year...
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TCD Score: 91/100
91 points for a triumph in wine making in a fantastic vintage in the Piedmont. This is the highest ranking Michele Chiarlo has achieved for a Barbaresco. This year is a silky, non tannic effort that drinks beautifully today and should improve with 3-5 years cellaring.
 
Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano
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Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano
2004
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Nebbiolo
Year2004
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteFull bodied, plums, dried mushrooms and coffee notes.
ColourDeep garnet.
TCD Opinion
Traditional style Barolo very typical of the grape. Earthy and strong yet a subtle and gentle finish makes a wine for contemplation. Complex and enjoyable. Very intresting year

Silky soft, delectable finish and traditional styling make this Barolo a very fine wine indeed.
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TCD Score: 90/100
90 points for a sweet styled Barolo with a long and silky finish.
 
Ceretto Barolo Chinato
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Ceretto Barolo Chinato
2004
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerCeretto
Size0.5 l.
TypeDessert
Grape100% Nebbiolo
Year2004
Alcohol17 %
Tastesweet, fruit and raisined on the palate due to the passito vinification.
ColourDark purple.
TCD Opinion
If passito wines appeal to you then you will adore this lovingly produced one off product from Ceretto.

Unique Nebbiolo based passito dessert wine from one of the Piedmonts most famous producers. Only 10,000 bottles produced every year.
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TCD Score: 91/100
91 points for a completely unique Nebbiolo bark and herb infused dessert wine. Delicious on its own or with an italian based dessert.
 
Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglia
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Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglia
2005
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerPoderi Colla
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Nebbiolo (Lampia and Michet Subvarieties)
Year2005
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteOn the palate it is very full-bodied while also elegant, almost feminine. Straightaway intense and pleasing, long and soft, with a finish of great finesse and appeal and firm, sweet tannins.
ColourCharacteristically Nebbiolo in color, i.e. intense ruby red with subtly lighter reflections that connoisseurs will recognize.
TCD Opinion
Five stars year considered legendary

An incredible price for a year that is already gaining acclaim from critics. Highly recommended.
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TCD Score: 91/100
With 91 points for a quality Barbareco at a very attractive price. The 2005 is of a very high quality.
 
Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose
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Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose
2003
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerPoderi Colla
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Nebbiolo(Lampia subvariety 40% and Michet 60%)
Year2003
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteMineral and animal notes enrich its structure and layered complexity, characteristic of the “Bussia” cru; the ensemble is comparable to the intricate power of an orchestra.
ColourTypically Nebbiolo in color, in its finest and fullest expression: intense, faceted ruby red with subtly lighter hues.
TCD Opinion
Three stars vintage considered average. 2003 was a hot year in the Piedmont however, some wonderful wines were still produced despite the setbacks. This wine is one of the better showings of 2003 that managed to gain strength in the vinification process.

Perhaps not the perfect vintage of 01, the 03 was still deemed excellent and this Poderi Colla effort is actually one of the best from the year in our opinion. Perfectly...
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TCD Score: 90/100
With 90 points on 100 Barolo Bussia is a great Barolo in this vintage. With a very complex bouquet showing decided character and personality and a structured taste
 
Gaja Sito Moresco
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Gaja Sito Moresco
2005
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerGaja
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape35% Nebbiolo, 35% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Year2005
Alcohol14 %
TasteFlavours of thick black cherries (the nebbiolo), blueberries (the merlot), and chocolate-covered-espresso-stuffed raspberries (cabernet).
ColourAttractive ruby red.
TCD Opinion
Four star year - considered great.

Although you can not doubt that this is a very good wine, it's a wine that splits opinion in this fiercly traditional region. In our opinion Angelo Gaja has created a fantastic wine blended from 3 popular grapes. A vertatile and challenging wine, you will be certain to form a strong opinion about it. All serious wine enthusiasts will want to give it a try.

This blend of 3 of the world's favourite grapes produces a wine of sheer quality. A strong wine with good length and balance. All 3 grapes are present in different stages...
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TCD Score: 91/100
91 points. 2005 was a very good year in the Piedmont, the "Sito Moresco" is already drinking well but will benefit from a few years of cellaring. This is a wine for the enthusiast who loves to see progression in wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015
 
Braida Barbera d'Asti Bricco dell'Uccellone
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Braida Barbera d'Asti Bricco dell'Uccellone
2005
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerBraida
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Barbera
Year2005
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteThere is plenty of fruit, along with great length on the palate and notable balance. In the background there are mint, vanilla and liquorice spices and the wine has a superb clean and long finish.
ColourQuite intense ruby red with garnet highlights.
TCD Opinion
The 2005 is a better wine although this wine has slightly different charms. The 2004 is a more subtle wine, offering more minerals to the nose and is not as full bodied as the 2004 vintages.

A rich, medium bodied and complex wine. The nose has a sensation of spices, chocolate and coffee as well as dark fuirts. The flavour is concentrated and strong but not...
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TCD Score: 90/100
90 points the Piedmont. Braidas entire 2005 range is one of the best to come from the vintage.
 
Gaja Rossj-Bass Chardonnay
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Gaja Rossj-Bass Chardonnay
2007
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerGaja
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100%Chardonnay
Year2007
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteRichly fruited, medium-bodied palate showing a very subtle touch of spicy new oak.
ColourBeautiful gold in the glass.
TCD Opinion
4 star year - considered good.

Another of Angelo Gaja's experiments, the Gaja Rossj-Bass is possibly Italy's best Chardonnay.

This is a crisp fresh young wine that once poured goes through many stages in the glass. The wine starts with floral notes, then the oak begins to emerge with the fruit and...
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TCD Score: 91/100
91 out of 100 for this wonderful Chardonnay from the Piedmont. A really crisp tasty wine that lingers on the palate. These wines are best drunk young in our opinion but they are made with such quality they can actually be cellered for up to 10 years.
 
Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio
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Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio
1998
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerMichele Chiarlo
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Nebbiolo
Year1998
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteAll the aromas are confirmed on the palate, in a texture of rich full body, structure of great character, aristocratic tannic presence and an elegant, lingering finish. Consume after 5 to 6 years; ages well for up to 20 years.
ColourDeep garnet in colour with brilliant highlights and fine fluidity.
TCD Opinion
The Cerequio Barolo has reached drinking age and has matured well. The nose presents pleasant cedar and plum aromas as well as slight mineral tones. This barolo is full bodied with soft chewy tannins and a fine long finish. Another couple of years in the cellar will see the wine mellow further. (SN - 11/07)

Prestigious "tre bicchiere" from Gambero Rosso is a deserved reward for one of Michele Chiarlo's very best Barolos. Excellent vintage.
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TCD Score: 91/100
91 points for a quality Barolo from a fine vintage.
 
Gaja Barbaresco
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Gaja Barbaresco
2005
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerGaja
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape100% Nebbiolo
Year2005
Alcohol13.5 %
TasteComplex dark cherry, tar, menthol and mineral flavors on a delicate, medium-bodied frame of great length.
ColourRich saturated ruby colour.
TCD Opinion
Four stars year considered good. Every now and then you taste a wine that is the sheer embodiment of a region. The near-perfect Gaja Barbaresco is, probably, the best Barbaresco on the market

Pure elegance. The Barbaresco Gaja is one of the finest wines produced in Italy. Universally applauded as awarded.
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TCD Score: 92/100
92 points for a sumptious, wonderfully balanced and drinkable wine. One of the best wines we have ever tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2013
 
Gaja Darmagi
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Gaja Darmagi
2004
 
ClassificationDOCG
ProducerGaja
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
Grape95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
Year2004
Alcohol14.5 %
TasteReally densely packed flavours of plums and backberrys, crushed black pepper finish.
ColourVery dark ruby red, one of the darkest wines we carry.
TCD Opinion
5 star year - considered excellent.

Gaja's Darmagi is an excellent wine and a very fine Cabernet but still it doesn't quite rate up there with it's Barolos and Barbarescos. It might take Angelo Gaja a few more years to bring the Darmagi up to the world class levels of the Barolo & Barbaresco.

The Darmagi is a unique wine, a new wine in the history of the vineyard where Italy's best terroir is matched with the worlds favourite grape. Cabernet Sauvingnon + The...
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TCD Score: 92/100
92 points for a high quality Cabernet that benefits from cellaring. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Piedmont! It must be tried to appreiciate the effects of the terroir on this grape. A very interesting wine. The wine improves year upon year. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
 
Gaja Barolo Sperss
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Gaja Barolo Sperss
2004
 
ClassificationDOC
ProducerGaja
Size0.75 l.
TypeWine
GrapeNebbiolo 100%
Year2004
Alcohol14 %
TasteClassic Barolo characteristics: ripe, expansive black cherry and strawberry fruit, truffles, minerals and spice, and streaks of tar. Exploding with flavor. Uncommon complexity and stature, with full body, firm tannins, and a stern overlying countenance typical of Serralunga wines.
ColourDeep rich red colour.
TCD Opinion
5 Stars Year - Considered Excellent.One of the vineyards most powerful wines, this dark enigmatic wine is very complex with a nose that is all Barolo. Tar, licorice and the hints of new oak tell you immediately that this offering is quality. The wine is well balanced and has a tremendous pure finish. The taste of plums, prunes and cassis will linger on the tongue for 30 seconds. The wine benefits from several hours open to the air.

Initially the hints of cassis give this wine a Super Tuscan feel but on the second sip the ripe fruits of the Piedmont soon start pouring forward. Each year this wine...
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TCD Score: 95/100
95 points for what is fast becoming one of the world's most favourite Angelo Gaja wines. Highly recommended as a near perfect expression of the vineyard in a 5 star year.
 
 
Piedmont
 
Piedmont
Vintage
2000 is the year to beat and the along with 1998 are the vintages of the decade. These years from the top producers Giacosa, Gaja, Clerico, Voerzio, Conterno sell for hundreds of $$$ at auction.

Having 3 five star vintage years in a row certainly helped catapult the region into the international spotlight ('96, '97, '98) and as these vintages approach drinking age its high time for another golden era.

The best vintages in this millenia are 2001 and 2004, however, all years in between have produced high quality wines in certain vineyards but excellence across the board has not been achieved.

Wine Varieties
The wines of the Piedmont need no introduction, the famous quadruplets of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Dolcetto fly the flag for the region's reds and in the white corner Piedmont fields Asti, the world's most popular sweet sparkling wine.

Barolo is traditionally Italy's most celebrated wine, but in recent years this title is being challenged due to the remarkable improvement of Brunello di Montalcino from Tuscany. Barolo is made from the famous Nebbiolo grape and is grown in the Langhe, southeast of Alba. The wine can vary from a very deep ruby red to a more light brick red depending on producer and vintage.

Barbaresco is another of Italy's most famous red wines also made from the Nebbiolo grape. The wine is not as powerful as the Barolo but can be much more elegant and refined. The Barbaresco does not mature as long in the barrel as the Barolo and it's bouquet is naturally stronger. The Barbaresco is a very consistent wine in terms of quality, you're less likely to find a terrible Barbaresco.

Barbera counts for over half of the red wine drunk in the region of Piedmont. The grape is very effected by its duration in oak casks and can produce wines that are fruity and acidic or balanced and complex. This is a wine that can swing wildly from superb to awful even within a single vintage. Not an expensive wine, it can be great fun trying to find that perfect Barbera.

Dolcetto is the secret wine of the locals, which invariably means it's excellent and a little overlooked. The Piedmontese drink Dolcetto with many different kinds of food types and even as a dessert wine. This is an uncomplicated, fruity little wine that is enjoyable and inexpensive.

Nebbiolo is considered Italy's most noble vine and produces wines of exceptional quality. Unique wines, such as Nebbiolo d'Alba, are brilliant expressions of the grape and can be low in price for such quality. Another famous wine from Nebbiolo is Gattinara, with Gattinara Riserva becoming one of the prized wines of the region.

Asti Spumante is the Marmite of white sparkling wines. It's either the wine everybody loves to hate or simplistic perfection, as always, it depends on your personal taste. Wine connoisseurs have long derided this wine preferring the less aggressive, and less bubbly, Moscato d'Asti.
GrapeVarieties
Although Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Cabernet Franc are used in the region, Piedmont is famous for the Nebbiolo grape variety. This grape is synonymous with the region and the wines from Piedmont are the best expression of the grape anywhere in the world.
Producers
This section gives mention to only the most consistently good producers and those that bring something different to the region.

Elio Altare is a famously passionate wine maker who has produced some of the most powerful Barolo's of the last years. The wines from this vineyard are dripping with style and his wines have great cherry and tobacco notes yet the wines are always balanced and fresh. Altare produces solid Barolo's, Barbaresco's, Dolcetto's and Barbera's every year almost without exception.

Azelia wines are a great topic of conversation in the region, a vineyard that will experiment, it produces some of the highest quality Barolo's on the market. The brilliant Luigi Scavino has also added a good Dolcetto d'Alba and Bricco dell'Oriolo to the range at Azelia. The consistency of excellence can go slightly awry at times and this is the reason for the chatter, alternating between award winning to average, you must be knowledgeable when buying Azelia wines.

Enzo Boglietti hit the ground running in Piedmont, very passionate, very skilled he is perhaps the region's most talented rising star. For this reason it's very tempting to purchase some of his fantastic Barolo's, being minty and very fruity (raspberry, blackberry, cassis) with a long finish, this is a Barolo you will remember and keep.

Comm G.B. Burlotto always gets a mention. The vineyard is not the biggest producer but is famous due to the quality and the wonderful history behind this vineyard, which has been operating since 1850. Burlotto supplied Barolo to the House of Savoia and produces a floral Barolo that is consistently excellent and is famous for its strong finish.

Ceretto is one of the Piedmont's top estates managed by the famous brother Bruno & Marcello (Ceretto). This vineyard produces a lot of wine and a lot of different varieties, all are famous and of very high standing in the region. The vineyard is most famous for its 4 different Barolo's, the Barolo Bricco Rocche, Barolo Rocche Prapo, Barolo Asili Bernadot and the Barolo Bricco Roche Brunate. The vineyard also produces other wines as well as a notable Riesling.

Domenico Clerico produces a modern Barolo and is the top estate in Monforte. These Barolo's are often high in alcohol, but balanced with notes of spices, bitter chocolate and dark cherries. These are very respected wines that have brilliant ageing potential so it's best to keep them for at least 10 years.

Aldo Conterno takes the opposite approach to Dominico Clerico and produces Barolo in the traditional ways. They produce a wine that is closed at first but is one of the best aged Barolo's on the market. These are the classic earthy Barolo's of the past. The Barolo Bussia is the top wine at the vineyard.

Gaja are the best Barbaresco producers in the region and his wines are outstanding. This vineyard sets the benchmark for all other Barberesco wines and still produces many other great wines (the vineyard grows nebbiolo, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay grapes). A very professional, forward looking outfit, Gaja are here for the long term.

Bruno Giacosa is the King of the Piedmont with only Gaja running a close second. These two vineyards are the pride of the region but it is Giacosa's Barolos that are the most talked about wines internationally. Giacosa produces many different wines, although the vineyard is famous for the pricey Barolos and Barberescos, Giacosa also produces cheaper wines that are a simpler expression of the Nebbiolo from the vineyard including Barbera and Dolcetto wines

Mascarello Bartolo is a long time king of the Barolo's. Could be argued as the best Barolo producer around today. The wines are always in the running for the regions top marks and are consistently excellent. These are very aromatic wines both floral and spicy and all spend time in great Slavonian oak. Expect to pay for the quality of these wines.

Poderi Colla is one of the largest producers in Piedmont and all their wines are solidly reliable, benefiting greatly from their terroir the wines have a mineral depth that are pleasing to the taste. Poderi Colla produce a plethora of wines most noteworthy are the Bricco del Drago, Barolo Bussia Dardi le Rosa and Barberesco Roncaglia, all of which are sold on the Cellar Door.

Travaglini Giancarlo is a huge and very important Piedmont producer whose wines often receive the top marks from experts. These are complex wines where every attention to detail has been made so that the wines of the vineyard always reach their potential, even in poor vintage years. The most famous wine is the "Gattinara Riserva", never a wine more evolved from it's terroir than this one.

Roberto Voerzio - a small estate whose main focus is quality not quantity. All the wines of this vineyard are excellent and a wide range of different Barolo's are produced in limited numbers. These are exclusive wines that will fetch high prices at auction and are great to keep. Compact structurally, they are close to the perfect Barolo's.


Notes on the Piedmont
It is surprising that the Piedmont only ranks as the seventh highest producing region of Italy when you consider all the famous wines from the region but on closer inspection its always been clear that the emphasis in the Piedmont is on quality, and many producers are keen to maintain the old wine making traditions of the past. As Nebbiolo is the "noble grape" of Italy significant crop thinning takes place and some producers will not release certain wines if the vintage is not up to standard. The region is extremely proud of it's long wine making history and enjoys a "friendly" rivalry with Tuscany for the reputation of the best wine making region in the country.

The wines of Piedmont are very distinctive but can be deemed less accessable than the powerhouses from Tuscany. The Barolo and Barberesco are considered elitist wines always loved by connosoirs and the serious wine drinkers of Italy, this reputation is enjoyed by some producers who can price some bottles over $150 on release but concerns others who worry that the wines of the Piedmont are not being promoted to the new generation of wine enthusiasts. Time will tell (a superb triple vintage for the coming decade will help), if the wines of the Piedmont will push their way into the international consciousness with the same success Tuscany has recently enjoyed.

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