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Recent Purchases:
Bernaudeau, Chave, Clos Rougeard, Colin-Morey, Macle, Mugneret-Gibourg, Roulot & More

Before wrapping up, I can't resist mentioning 2014 Colin-Morey Chassagne 1er Abbaye de Morgeot Cuvee Clement et Emma and Krug's 164th Edition, based on the incredible 2008 vintage.

"This is a stellar set of wines from Luca Roagna."
2018 Roagna Barbaresco: Albesani & Paje

Roagna managed tannins beautifully. The wines have gorgeous levity and a vivid expression of classic Nebbiolo characteristics: savory notes, herbs, and floral notes. 

"This is an especially ethereal Barolo."
2018 Roagna Barolo La Pira

The 2018 Pira has a radiance and a punchy dynamic energy that's thrilling. The spectrum of flavors is jaw-dropping: layered red fruits, game, earth, tar, herbs, spice, etc. Everything is delivered with exacting precision.

Go-To Piedmont Value:
2018 Roagna Langhe Rosso

Langhe Rosso is a humble designation (like Bourgogne Rouge), but Roagna's has no trouble going head-to-head with Barolos and Barbarescos.

"If you can find it, don't miss it!"
2019 Giacomo Conterno Nebbiolo d'Alba Arione

Conterno's wines exist in their own realm. Roberto’s exacting standards focus on perfecting every little detail. The sum is an almost logic-defying profundity.

Back Up The Truck - Piedmont Edition 2021 Nicholas Altare Dogliani Dolcetto

The wine has a silken quality that's married to a thrilling alpine-like briskness.

Piedmont: Canonica, Conterno, Ferrando, Mascarello, Oddero, Rinaldi, Roagna & More

The list below contains over fifty different wines from our favorite Piedmont producers. You'll find ten offerings from Roagna and six from Bartolo Mascarello, everything from Freisa to magnums of Barolo.

Without Peer: 2021 Giacomo Conterno Barbera Francia

What separates Conterno's Barbera from the pack is its layered power and its simultaneous buoyancy.

Full-Throttle Nobility
2019 Brovia Barolo Rocche di Castiglione

Out of Brovia's consistently stunning line-up of single Crus, Rocche is always the stand out.

Back Up The Truck - Piedmont Edition:
2018 Produttori di Carema Carema Riserva

Carema is about an hour's drive from Barolo and amounts to its alpine cousin. It's one of the most riveting and most versatile wines around.

Brovia, Canonica, Cappellano, Giacosa, Mascarello, Rinaldi, Roagna & More

The Sweet Spot:
2017 Roagna Barolo La Pira

Roagna's 2017 Pira is jaw-droppingly good. It boasts an incredible spectrum of layered red fruits, game, earth, tar, herbs, and spice. All of this is backed up by a beautiful finesse and verve. 

"One of the finest recent editions..."
2020 Giacamo Conterno Barbera Cascina Francia

Roberto Conterno's work with Barbera is without peer.

Utterly Captivating: Back-Vintage Conterno
2006 Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

The Barolo Francia comes from one of Serralunga’s top sites. The commune is renowned for the density, texture, and heft of its wines.

"A Barolo of haunting beauty" -Antonio Galloni
2016 Cappellano Barolo Pie Rupestris

In terms of longevity, Cappellano's Barolos boast a structure that can keep stride with the great distance runners of Piedmont, like Conterno's Monfortino and Giacosa's Red Label.

Cult Mountain Nebbiolo
2017 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca

In short, Carema is an alpine Nebbiolo of breathtaking grace.

"The 2013 simply has it all" -Antonio Galloni
2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Stand Alone Barbera:
2018 Castello di Verduno Barbera d'Alba Bricco del Cuculo

Even though much of the trip was spent tasting the great 2016 Barolos and Barbarescos, the 2018 Barbera Bricco del Cuculo was the revelation of my tastings. I immediately asked the importer how much I could buy. 

"A wine of total finesse" - Antonio Galloni
2016 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose

Barolo at an Accessible Price Point

2016 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano: Revisited

Small production, great vintage and a strong following.

Wine of the Year #1: Ian's Pick
2014 Roagna Barbaresco Albesani

Piedmont Holy Ground:
2013 Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda

Rionda is a well exposed, limestone-rich vineyard that has the potential to deliver some of the greatest Barolos around. 

"Like stepping back into Piedmont's past"
2016 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

The wines of Serafino Rivella possess such honesty and precision that it's hard not to be wowed by them. There's something mysterious and special about the wine. They have plenty of finesse and feel devoid of artifice. 

"Brovia's 2016s are all finesse" Part Two
2016 Brovia Barolo Garblèt Sué

The 2016 vintage represents a high point for this great traditionalist. Just like the 2016 normale, the 2016 Garblèt Sué is one of the best examples of the wine that we've tasted. 

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