Back Up the Truck - Piedmont Edition:
2018 Verduno Pelaverga Basadone

Posted by Joe Salamone

Castello di Verduno's Pelaverga is one of those delicious, food friendly and habit-forming wines that we always want on hand.

The explanation is easy: it delivers an incredible amount of interest and sheer drinkability for an affordable price. This is a somewhat crude comparison, but Pelaverga is Piedmont's answer to Cru Beaujolais.

For this reason, Pelaverga has become a common glass pour at thoughtful Italian restaurants.

The Pelaverga grape is a specialty of Verduno in the Barolo zone. Given how enjoyable Pelaverga is and its current fame, the fact that in the 60s there were only a few vines interplanted with other varietals throughout Verduno seems extraordinary. To a large extent, Castello di Verduno is responsible for Pelaverga's comeback.

In the early 1970s, Castello di Verduno planted the Basadone section of the Massara vineyard. Today, along with Burlotto, Castello di Verduno stands as the top example of the grape.

The 2018 is one of our favorite vintages of the wine in the past five years. It has a vibrancy and nicely integrated bright fruits, floral, spice and savory notes.

We strongly encourage you to check out Levi Dalton's I'll Drink To That! interview with Castello di Verduno's enologist, Mario Andrion. It contains a wealth of information about Pelaverga along with fascinating insights from Mario. Unusually, for a Piedmontese vintner, he worked for a year in Oregon, handling Pinot Noir. His increased role at Castello di Verduno has resulted in wines that seem to grow more graceful each year.

At this point, many people are well aware of how delicious this wine is. We advise that you stock up early.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

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