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Perched on the rolling foothills before stunning snow capped alps, Piedmont in Italy’s northwest is not just a serious wine capital.  From white truffles to hazelnuts, it’s got food cred as the birthplace of the Slow Food movement and is a UNESCO World heritage area for its culture of food and drink.

Red or white?
Whilst there’s some white here, the red grapes rule the roost.  Chief among them the trio of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. The thread uniting this gang are persistent tannins, savoury red fruit and their elegant perfume.

Grapes
White: Moscato, Cortese
Red: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto

Style
Nebbiolo with its floral nose, layers of complex flavour, and fierce tannin and acid, is capable of ageing and evolving over decades. Whether from single vineyards or blends, it’s at its finest in both Barolo and Barbaresco. 

For both price and performance Dolcetto is the everyday star, whilst Barbera’s acid and dusty red fruit will appeal to Pinot drinkers.

And you might know Moscato? The village of Asti, its home base, gifted this joyful, floral fizz to the world.  Known as frizzante for its slightly sweet, slightly sparkling style. 

Favourite Producers
Rizzi, Marchesi Alfieri, Matteo Correggia, Francesco Rinaldi, Gianfranco Alessandria, GD Vajra, Vietti, Giacomo Conterno, Massolino, Produttori del Barbaresco, Bruno Giacosa, Forteto della Luja


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  1. Forteto della Luja Mon Ross Barbera d'Asti 2020
    Forteto della Luja Mon Ross Barbera d'Asti 2020
    Do you know the wines of Forteto della Luja? If not, this is a great place to start. This wonderful producer is based in Asti makes their Barbera of a single vineyard that sits approximately 300 meters above see level. The elevated but exposed site combine for a wine that delivers soft, plush fruit with plenty of zip.

    Black and red fruits with dark cherry and breath of earthy spice. Its velvety and suave on the palate with sweet fruit that coats the mouth in dark cherry while remaining crunchy and bright. This is so easy to drink its almost dangerous but with enough interest to keep the wine snob in us happy. A ripper!
    2020
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $25.00 Regular Price $28.00 As low as $24.00
  2. Turin Vermouth Drapo Vermouth Dry 18% alc
    Turin Vermouth Drapo Vermouth Dry 18% alc
    A dry vermouth of exceptional quality and refined organoleptic characteristics achieved through the harmonization of a selection of fine wines, fortified with alcohol, sweetened with sugar and reinvigorated with a select blend of herbs and spices. An intense, lingering taste with fresh, fruity characteristics. This dry vermouth is extremely complex yet pleasing and elegant with notes of Iris Florentina and bitter orange. An excellent base for creative cocktails. DRAPO
    Vermouth
    Italy
    457
  3. Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2020
    Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2020
    Gavi is a classification of wine made from the Cortese grape variety. It produces aromatic wines with bright acidity which match incredibly well with seafood. Gavi's location is quite proximate to the sea, although it's separated by the Ligurian Alps.
     
    Gianlorenzo Picollo oversees the small estate with his wife Silvia, and together they manage the winery with Gianlorenzo's parents. Fifteen hectares of Cortese vineyards with vines up to 80 years old are cultivated by traditional methods, and without the use of chemicals.

    A little punch of lime atop green pear and apple aromas are followed by nice wet stone fresh cut mountain herb that linger lightly. Dry zesty on the palate finishing with a crunch of acidity and appley tang. Nice little bit of texture rounds out some of the angles nicely. A great summer drink.
    2020
    Cortese
    Italy
    457
  4. Paolo Scavino Vino da Tavolo Rosso 2019
    Paolo Scavino Vino da Tavolo Rosso 2019
    Paolo Scavino owns 29 hectares entirely in the Barolo area and works on 20 Barolo historical crus located in Castiglione Falletto, Barolo, La Morra, Novello, Serralunga d'Alba, Verduno and Roddi. The Scavino family distinguishes itself from the beginning by their scrupulous care of the vineyards and passion for terroir. Their core beliefs is the supremacy of the viticulture above the oenology therefore the focus is the care of the vines in order to grow ripe and healthy grapes. In winemaking minimal and equal intervention are sought, to preserve natural diversities, terroir.

    While they may be well know for their excellent Barolo this wine is always one that sucks us in when we try it. Nebbiolo from younger vines and those that don't quite make the cut go into this delicious Piemontese red. This is a match made in heaven with Nebbiolo's firey tannin and acid tempered by the plush and juicy barbera. It's aromatically lifted with a touch of bitumen and earth to the cruncy red fruits. Pretty and lithe but with lovely sweet red fruits. This is so easy to drink and wonderfully balanced. Its such a delicious drink and screams for a hearty Italian pasta.
    2019
    Barbera, Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  5. Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2019
    Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2019
    The Gianfranco Alessandria 2019 Barbera d'Alba is a tart and punchy expression, with bright cherry and a dusting of crushed aspirin or limestone. The wine touches down on the palate with just the right fruit weight and intensity, showing a mid-weight texture and nice acidity to keep the palate revived and fresh. This is such a versatile and natural foodie wine to pair with any hearty home-cooked meal, especially something buttery and French. Some 15,000 bottles were made. MONICA LARNER, eRobertParker.com
    2019
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
  6. Le Marie Dolcetto d'Alba 2020
    Le Marie Dolcetto d'Alba 2020

    The winery "Le Marie" comes from the passion for winemaking of the owner Valerio, his wife Luigina, and their children Simona and Daniele. The result are wines of personality, pure and elegant, produced in limited quantity and in respect of the territory, with environmentally friendly practices. The ten hectares of vineyards are between 400 and 450 meters. The land is rich in minerals that give the wines great structure and wonderful nuance.

    Packed full of up-front blue and red fruits laced with peppery spice and vanilla. The palate is pliant and soft with a little nervy energy that flows through the red raspberry and currant fruit. A soft little snap of tannin that buttresses the sweet fruit nicely adds a little extra complexity. This is perfect trattoria fair and super versatile on the dinner table.

    2020
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
  7. Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2017
    Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2017

    The 2017 Barbera d'Alba (with 12,000 bottles made) shows a tight and compact expression that releases lots of generous fruit, mostly blackberry and summer cherry, especially prominent in this hot vintage. In fact, this native grape shows its best results in the warm growing seasons. Sweet candied cherry and blackberry preserves brighten the palate (the wine only sees contact with stainless steel). Try it with a mincemeat pie. MONICA LARNER

    2017
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
  8. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2019
    Vajra Langhe Rosso 2019
    Run by second generations Giuseppe, Isidoro and Francesca Vaira, and lovingly overseen by father Aldo and mother Milena. Aldo founded G.D. Vajra, kicking off with a counter-cultural twist by returning to his ancestors' land in the early '70s, when all else were deserting the countryside in droves. The family excels with all the Piedmont staples and this cracking blend of several of those varieties in an absolutely smashing bottling.

    From young vineyards it's predominately Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, with smaller quantities of Freisa, Albarossa, Pinot Noir. Each vineyard is harvested when it reaches perfect ripeness and vinified separately. This pretty and so vivid in the glass throwing of a tantalising array of red and black, small berry forest fruits, liquorice and spice overlayed with dried flowers and savoury herb. The palate is seductive and plush with sweet fruits at its core, focused beautifully and framed by fine tannins. It rolls through so nicely and for me has that quintessential savoury and sweet combo of Italian wine I love so much.
    2018
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  9. Francesco Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba Roussot 2019
    Francesco Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba Roussot 2019

    Dolcetto grown in the Barolo region, from vines planted between 1975 and 1977. 
    Cherry, spice, some liquorice, a suggestion of pickled walnut, some floral notes. Fleshy, bright acidity, silty tannin, savoury new leather stuff, and plenty of tannin and hazelnut on a pretty good finish. Elemental as at now, but a lovely traditional version of Dolcetto here. GARY WALSH, www.winefront.com.au

    My wine of the year is Francesco Rinaldi's highly slurpable 2019 Dolcetto d'Alba. If there was ever a wine that could convince you we should be drinking more Dolcetto, then this is it. While Barolo and Barbaresco are the undeniable international stars of Piemonte, Dolcetto is it's heart and soul and a wine that is always on the Piemontese dining table and with examples like this, you can see why. Juicy dark red cherries are dusted with sweet cake spices and kept fresh by a jolt of bright acidity. This plush little package is knotted together wonderfully with a firm press of tannin, which sweeps across the palate to clean everything up at the back. The harmony and balance in this wine is exceptional and the real clincher is that you can pick it up for the price of an everyday table wine. ALEX DOBSON

    2019
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
  10. Diego & Damiano Barale Dolcetto 2020
    Diego & Damiano Barale Dolcetto 2020

    Fruit entirely sourced from San Giovanni. Raised in stainless steel and bottled after 6-8 months.

    I've seen plenty of 2020 Dolcetto and Barbera so far and the early reputation of the vintage is on full show. This is another superb example, bright and crunchy blue and red fruits and red petals highlight the joy of this variety. Vibrant and lifted and then repeated on the palate with a nice plushness and a drag of buffering tannin. The variety doesn't make you stop in your tracks for profundity but it does for sheer exuberance and this example is one of the best you'll see. I tasted this over two days, the second day at breakfast time and it's hard to spit out such is the allure of the red and blue fruits, easy structure and general deliciousness. MICHAEL MCNAMARA, PWS

                

    2019
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
  11. Stella Barbera Stravisan 2019
    Stella Barbera Stravisan 2019
    Paolo Stella is one quarter of the famous 'Erpacrife four' but his day job is winemaker for the family's estate in Costigliole d'Asti, in the heart of Monferrato about halfway between Alba and Asti. The Stellas' twelve hectares of vineyards grow the full range of varieties found in this part of Piedmont. The level of quality across the board is exceptional here and all beautifully balanced wines promoting structure and finesse.

    Barbera Stravisan is lively and juicy and made without oak. Barbera Bricco Fubine Il Vino del Maestro, dedicated to Paolo's great grandfather, is from half a hectare of the Fubine cru, planted on sandy calcareous soil and perfectly situated facing due south. Aged in Slavonian casks for eighteen months, this has ripe red berry fruit with spicy aromas and aniseed and the palate is rich with beautiful texture and length.
    2019
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
  12. Correggia Roero Arneis 2020 (Screwcap)
    Correggia Roero Arneis 2020 (Screwcap)

    Correggia is one of those rare and special producers that we are very proud to be associated with. A family affair from the outset with a vision to demonstrate just how good Roero could be. That vision continues to be realised and built upon today with the hard-work and dedication of Ornella, Giovanni and Luca the driving force.

    Small tweaks and incremental changes in vinification and winemaking have seen the wines improve every year. The quality across the board has always been top of their class and further cements this outstanding estate as one of the pre-eminent producers in the region. It would certainly be no stretch to call them a leading light in the heart and hearts of Roero.

    This is another great rendition. A hint of tropical fruit that lends an almost riesling like element to the wine, along with a floral hint. There is a some lovely depth to the fruit and that bit of extra flesh show so nicely on this wine. Still fresh and zippy on the finish with a little phenolic grip that carries the orchard fruits into a long, gentle close. Yum!

    2020
    Arneis
    Italy
    457
  13. Poderi Colla Dolcetto d'Alba 2020
    Poderi Colla Dolcetto d'Alba 2020
    This is such a beautiful wine in 2020 and an absolute gem to drink. It opens with a beguiling mix of varietal aromas and flavors so typical of dolcetto with blue fruits, plum, licorice, a touch of dried herbs. Its slippery, sweet fruit is pushed along by the varietals fine but grippy tannins. The plump mid-palate holds itself so nicely as you drink it offering up sweet fruit and juicy acidity. The wine charges through your palate with so much flavour but never feels heavy or overbearing, Really well done.
    2020
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
  14. Rizzi Barbera d'Alba 2018
    Rizzi Barbera d'Alba 2018
    While Cantine Rizzi is better know for their Barbaresco we are especially enamoured with their Barbera. Still made in a traditional style with no new oak and is a slightly more serious style it seriously over-delivers.

    Aromas of ripe black plum, black-skinned berry and a whiff of violet that flows on to a soft, juicy palate. There are some smokey, minerally notes that poke their head through the fleshy black raspberry and dark cherry. Definitely a bit of grunt behind it with some pliant fine tannins but all done with class. PWS
    2018
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
  15. Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2018
    Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2018

    On of our newest members, Dylan has chosen this for his staff pick for 2021, here's why:

    As the end of another year looms and the festive season seems to have started already, I’ve decided to lighten the load for my family — I’ve told Grandma to ditch the Christmas cake and buy a bottle of this Nebbiolo instead. When a wine bustles with spices & juicy cherries why bother with a cake? More Grandma Dylan time and less time baking I say. Enjoy. DYLAN VAN OIRSCHT, PWS


    If Cru Barolo is Kanye, this wine is Drake. Sure Kanye is a more serious offering and inspires deeper, layered conversations and thought, but really, who do you want to bring to the party when lockdown ends. I'm texting Drake. 

    First little whiff and it's a joy already, it smells like Christmas morning with perfectly ripe cherry, a little spice here, dried herbs there. Take a sip and there's a lovely little hint of sweetness and delicacy amidst a tart , juicy backdrop before a curatin of fine tannin sweeps your palate clean. This is a side of nebbiolo anyone can wrap their laiughing gear around and experience happiness. ALEX DOBSON, PWS

    2017
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  16. Diego & Damiano Barale Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
    Diego & Damiano Barale Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

    The company, although recently founded, has in fact historical roots; According to the parish records of the town of Barolo, the first traces of the Barale family date back to 1600. The landowner Francesco Barale began to vinify in 1870 and passed the witness to his son Carlo, who founded the "Barale-Rinaldi". The sons of Carlo Barale, Giovanni Battista and our grandfather Giuseppe, took the reins of the company called "Barale Fratelli" until 1984.Our "new" company starts from the land inherited by our father, located in the municipalities of Barolo and Monforte d'Alba, and the "Aie Sottane" farmhouse, one of the oldest houses in Barolo, now restored and home to the company "Diego and Damiano Barale ".

    Opens to a smokey, tobacco note that lingers gently over crushed rock and smashed red berry. Long and lush with a firm tannin kick that pulls the fleshy fruit into line nicely. It's open and forward but with plenty of savoury, earthy notes that poke through. A great introduction the house style and nebiolo in general. PWS


    2018
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  17. Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2017
    Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2017

    From the sandy hills of Roero in Piedmont this underrated Nebbiolo has a lot of flesh on its frame - there's much to love about this riper vintage.
    Heady notes of licorice, allspice, black cherries and fresh earth lead into a generous meaty core.  It's a beautiful red brimming with fruit and structure, and will fit right in on the Christmas table.  If it's a warm day then chill it in the fridge for half an hour before serving.  Enjoy!  GAB POY

    2017
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  18. Vajra Langhe Clare JC Nebbiolo 2019
    Vajra Langhe Clare JC Nebbiolo 2019
    Wow, the 2019 Vajra Clare JC explodes from the glass with masses of crushed raspberry and strawberry fruits, complicated by sweet and savory herbs, along with crushed stone minerality. On the palate, fleshy textures are quickly firmed up by a mix of tart red berries, with zesty acids, a slight frizzante spritz, and a coating of liquid violet florals. The finish is long and lightly structured, displaying a lasting and unmistakable note of red licorice with hints of spiced orange. This is wonderfully expressive and bridges the gap between Red and Rosé; please pour me another. Of note, the 2019 Claré JC was gently fermented with about 20% whole cluster fruit with malolactic completed in stainless steel, hence the perceivable effervescence. ERIC GUIDO, vinous.com
    2020
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
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