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"Readers should do everything possible to add some of these wines to their cellars."
- 2013 Brovia Barolo Brea - Ca' Mia & Villero

Brovia is at the top of their game. You don't have to look any further for evidence than their 2013 Barolo. Their 2013s firmly places them among Piedmont's elite. Despite being among the region's top traditionalists, Brovia's wines cost significantly less than their peers. It's difficult to know how long this pricing discrepancy will hold, but it's easy to assume that its days are numbered. For now, Brovia's single vineyard Barolos are some of the smartest buys around.

"Some of the most elegant, refined and brilliant wines in all of Piemonte"
-John Gilman 2013 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

Mascarello’s Monprivato is one of the great monuments of Piedmont. The 2013 Monprivato is one of the most anticipated releases in some time.

"This is very nicely done" - 2013 Cascina delle Rose Barbaresco Tre Stelle

The 2013 vintage in Piedmont has firmly planted itself as one of the top vintages of the past decade. It joins the ranks of 2001, 2008 and 2010. These vintages gave the undeniably aristocratic Nebbiolo grape the perfect stage to shine in all its glory.

Back Up the Truck - Piedmont Edition:
2016 Castello di Verduno Pelaverga Basadone

Castello di Verduno's Pelaverga is a bottle that the staff consumes in quantity. It's one of those delicious, food friendly and habit-forming wines that we always want on hand.

2013 Piedmont - A Grand Finale: 2013 Giuseppe Mascarello Barbera d'Alba Codamonte

Mascarello's Codamonte is one of the most fascinating expressions of Barbera that we've tasted in many years.

A Winter Essential
Cappellano Barolo Chinato

As the temperatures continue to dip and we look forward to the onslaught of long meals that await, it's impossible not to think of Cappellano's Chinato. There are few better things to end a meal with or simply meditate over. To situate Cappellano's Barolo Chinato, it's probably easiest to think about it as a combination of a fortified wine and the king of vermouths. 

"Brovia is on fire"
2013 Brovia Barolo

Within the top ranks of Barolo, it's difficult to compete with Brovia in terms of value. The estate is at the top of their game. You don't have to look any further for evidence than their 2013 Barolo. 

Can't Miss 2013 Piedmont
2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Rabajà Riserva

For decades, Produttori del Barbaresco has been the source of some of Piedmont's greatest values. Today, this comes into sharp focus.

Living Large:
2011 G. Conterno Barolo Cerretta Double-Magnums

2011 was an important vintage for Conterno's Cerretta.

"A striking, old-school Barbaresco endowed with real charm and class" -
2013 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

Serafino Rivella is a tiny estate that until recently was only known to a small group of insiders. That changes with the 2013 vintage.

Mind-Bending:
2012 Giuseppe Mascarello Barbera d'Alba Codamonte

Few producers anywhere are able to deliver the purity and depth that Mascarello does.

Back Up The Truck - 2013 Piedmont Edition:
2013 Produttori di Carema Carema Riserva

When Produttori di Carema's Riserva hits its mark, the wine represents some of the best value to be had in Piedmont.

2013 Piedmont Sweet Spot:
2013 Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Rabajà

Simply put, Rabajà is a very, very special patch of earth for the Nebbiolo grape.

"This is very nicely done"
2013 Cascina delle Rose Barbaresco Tre Stelle

The excitement over 2013 Piedmont is mounting in a very big way.

Unparalleled Piedmont Value:
2011 Roagna Langhe Rosso

When it comes to value in Piedmont, it's Roagna's Langhe Rosso that we reach for.

"Some of the most elegant, refined and brilliant wines in all of Piemonte"
2012 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

Mascarello’s Monprivato is a singular expression of Nebbiolo. It’s one of the great monuments of Piedmont.

"The very best young Riservas I have ever tasted... "
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

"Simply put, these are the very best young Riservas I have ever tasted from the Produttori." -Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Best to Date?
2012 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta

In 2012, something special happened with Conterno's Cerretta. We've been fans of Conterno's Cerretta from day one, but the '12 was a surprise.

Aged Nebbiolo Value:
2007 Cantalupo Ghemme Collis Breclemae

Northern Piedmont has ​​established itself as​ one of the greatest regions for value in the wine world. Today's offer drives this point home.

Barbaresco Crown-Jewel:
2010 Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva

Rabajà is one of the great vineyards for Nebbiolo. Catching a Rabajà when it's on is one of the great drinking experiences of the Piedmont. 

Greatness, Elevated: No Monfortino, Only Francia
2012 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Francia

"There is a level of pure depth here that is absolutely compelling." -Antonio Galloni Roberto Conterno is one of the world's great winemakers.

"Stunningly Beautiful"
2012 Brovia Barolo Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia

There are very few of Barolo's top producers whose best bottles go for under $100. Brovia leads this list. And the list doesn't top four or five producers.

"Long on nuance and subtlety"
2008 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Riserva Monprivato Ca' d'Morissio

Mascarello's Monprivato is one of the most refined and elegant wines of Barolo. The Monprivato Cà d’Morissio reaches an even more extraordinary level.

"A Model of Grace and Finesse" -
2012 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Bartolo Mascarello’s Barolos are some of the most compelling and soulful wines in the world. They are deeply authentic and completely mesmerizing expressions of Nebbiolo. In 2012, all of the purity, precision and refinement that we love in Mascarello's Barolo is gorgeously amplified.

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