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Piedmont Elite:
2015 Brovia Barolo Brea - Vigna Ca' Mia & Villero

Brovia is at the top of their game. The 2015s drive this home once again.

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

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.

Traditional Piedmont Steal:
2011 Petterino Gattinara Riserva

Marco Petterino’s wines are otherworldly. Located high in the Alto-Piedmont, where Nebbiolo sheds some of its muscle in exchange for elegance and floral aromatics, Petterino crafts traditionally-made wines with breathtaking finesse and an indescribable integrity.

“Absolutely Delicious” - 2017 Giuseppe Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba

The wines of Giuseppe Rinaldi are among the greatest traditional wines of the Piedmont. They hardly need an introduction. The wine world has become obsessed with Rinaldi's soulful, finessed, and old school style.

The Alpine Distance Runner
2015 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Nera

The longevity of Ferrando’s Carema Etichetta Nera is legendary. Neal Rosenthal, Ferrando’s importer, speaks of a 1964 Etichetta Nera that hit its apogee in 1998—at 34 years of age. This is a bottle that rewards patience.

"My answer is: Carema" - 2015 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca

Few wines have attracted the fan club that Ferrando's Carema has. The reason is simple: Carema is alpine Nebbiolo of breathtaking grace.

Wine of the Year Revisited: 2013 Nervi Gattinara Molsino

Just over six months ago, I announced the 2013 Nervi Gattinara Molsino as my wine of the year. Looking back, the decision looks even better than it did originally. We've drunk a few bottles and they've been stunning.

A Winter Essential: Cappellano Barolo Chinato 750ml

There are few better things to end a meal with—or simply meditate over— than Cappellano’s Chinato. For us, it’s an indispensable part of our cold weather drinking arsenal.

"I don't think I have tasted a more refined Monfortino than the 2008."
-2008 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva

One taste of Conterno's Monfortino makes a couple of things blatantly clear - it's one of the most profound wine experiences around, and it's a distance runner. The wine simply stops you dead in your tracks.

Hitting A High-Water Mark, Again
2013 Roagna Barolo La Pira

Simply put, Roagna is at the top of their game. There are very few producers working in Piedmont at their level. 

Unbeatable Piedmont Value: 2013 Roagna Langhe Rosso

Roagna's Langhe Rosso has become one of our most popular offerings. Despite its humble designation, it's a bottle that can rival Barolos at twice the price.

Back Up The Truck - Piedmont Edition:
2014 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.

Back-Up The Truck: Barolo Edition - 2013 Oddero Barolo

The 2013 vintage represents a high-water mark for Oddero. In recent vintages, we've been watching this traditionalist going from strength to strength. The wines have steadily grown more complicated and more detailed.

"The 2014 is a superb wine" -
2014 Brovia Barolo Unio

The past handful of vintages have offered ample evidence that Brovia is at the top of their game. Their 2014 Brovia Barolo Ūnĭo may offer the most persuasive argument for inclusion among Piedmont's elite.

2014 Canonica Barolo Paiagallo

Canonica turns out some of the most captivating and soulful Barolos around. Their purity and their textural complexity is mind-blowing.

"My answer is: Carema"
2014 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca

Carema is alpine Nebbiolo of breathtaking grace. For decades, Ferrando's Carema has been the benchmark for the beauty and profundity that Nebbiolo achieves in the northern extremes.

Essential Piedmont - A Game Changer: 2010 San Fereolo Dogliani

Simply put, San Fereolo takes the Dolcetto grape and turns preconceived notions on its head. It casts the grape in a radically different and incredibly compelling light. San Fereolo introduces an almost unheard of structure, complexity, and soulfulness to the grape.

From Out of the Shadows:
2013 Fracassi Barolo "Mantoetto"

The village of Cherasco lies just outside of La Morra and not far from Verduno. Unlike La Morra and Verduno, Cherasco exists in almost absolute obscurity.

The Greatest Barolo You Haven't Heard Of
2013 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose

"The 2013 reminds me of some of the most profound Barolos and Barbarescos I have tasted." -Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media The Barolo traditionalist estate of Poderi Colla has kept a low profile. The 2013 Bussia Dardi Le Rose changes all of this. As Galloni's note above makes clear, this is simply a standout by any estimation. 

2013 Piedmont Sweet Spot Revisited:
2013 Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Rabajà

When you combine the Rabajà vineyard with the 2013 vintage in Piedmont, the results are dazzling. The 2013 vintage in Piedmont is all about finesse and clarity. Simply put, Rabajà is a blessed piece of earth for the Nebbiolo grape.

Overnight Benchmark
2014 Colombera & Garella Lessona

Colombera & Garella's first vintage was 2010 and they almost immediately became the benchmark for the entire Alto Piemonte. The wines possess such an incredible purity of fruit, precision and fineness that it's impossible not to take notice. 

"Truly Sublime" -Antonio Galloni
2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Asili Riserva

In any vintage, you can count on Asili being one of the stars of Produttori's line-up. In 2013, the wine is simply amazing. 

2012 Roagna
Barbaresco Pajé & Barolo La Pira

"Roagna's 2012 Barolos and Barbarescos are off the charts." -Antonio Galloni There are very few producers working in Piedmont at the level that Roagna is. Their 2012s drive this home powerfully. As Galloni's quote above makes clear, this is an extraordinary set of wines.

2010 Piedmont Value:
2010 Cantalupo Ghemme Collis Breclemae

2010 is a magical vintage in Piedmont. Cantalupo's just released Breclemae captures so much of what makes the vintage exciting. There's depth, elegance and beautifully classical proportions.

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