In a preview to our February 16th tasting, Kevin Lepisto tells why he loves the classic wines of Piedmont, with their variety, styles & new discoveries.
I often get asked what my favorite Italian wine or wine region is and it’s always difficult for me to answer. Mostly because I really love all kinds of wine and my preferences change depending on what I’m pairing the wine with, or even just what I think sounds good in the moment.
But if I had to narrow it down to one Italian wine region that constantly offers me more variety, styles and new discoveries than any other wine region, then it would be Piedmont, Italy.
Located in northwest Italy at the foot of the Swiss Alps, Piedmont is one of Italy’s most acclaimed wine regions, famous for producing two of the world’s greatest wines; Barolo and Barbaresco. But Piedmont is also one of Italy’s most diverse wine regions, producing a wider range of both white and red wines than any other Italian region.
In fact, Piedmont has more protected wine classifications (DOC’s, DOCG’s) than any other region in Italy. Just this one wine region offers some of Italy’s greatest dry white wines like Gavi and Arneis, every day dinner red wines like the fruit forward Barbera and Dolcetto, and, as I mentioned before, two of the world’s greatest wines; Barbaresco and Barolo.
Oh, and don’t forget about the refreshingly sweet and popular Moscato wines of Asti, and there’s so much more.
Join me at our sit-down tasting event on Friday February 16 at 7:30 p.m. at The Wine Country and explore these great wines from Piedmont. This is a fascinating opportunity for any wine lover to learn about the key wines of Piedmont.
Here are a few of the wines I’ll be pouring that night:
Giovanni Almondo is known for producing some of the best Arneis wines in Piedmont, dedicating some of his highest elevation vineyards to the finicky white grape. This medium bodied wine has gorgeous aromas of citrus flowers and stone fruits and zesty flavors of ripe pears, lemon zest and apricots. It’s bright and persistent with a slightly nutty finish. Classic arneis!
$16.99 per bottle
Gavi is a classic crisp seafood white wine produced in southern Piedmont. Broglia’s Gavi is a richer, more elegant version of this great wine, medium bodied and packed with crisp apple, pear and melon but still retaining its great freshness and minerality. A beautiful wine at this price.
$18.99 per bottle
Dolcetto is the wine that can be found on every dinner table in Piedmont. This is the wine they drink nightly and reserve their Nebbiolo wines for special occasions. Dolcetto is easy drinking with generous dark berry fruits and mild tannins and Vajra’s Dolcetto delivers just that. It’s a bold wine but can a pair seamlessly with almost any food from simple pastas and pizza to hearty meat dishes. A steal at this price!
$18.99 per bottle
2013 Conterno Fantino ‘Vignota’ Barbera d’Alba
Conteron Fantino’s Barbera d’Alba shows the elegance Barbera can achieve with some oak treatment in the cellar and then a few extra years of aging in the bottle. This Barbera has the great bold dark red fruit of classic Barbera but with much greater depth and elegance than your everyday Barbera. The extra age on this wine has balanced the fruit, tannins and acidity into a beautifully smooth and enjoyable wine.
$22.99 per bottle
I was very excited to find this stunning, ready to drink Barbaresco from Bruno Rocca. His Coparossa Barbaresco is a blend of two cru vineyards and truly expresses the beauty of the noble Nebbiolo grape. The purity of red cherry and dried plum fruits takes center stage with licorice, spice and mint playing supporting roles. This wine is smooth, silky, elegant and drinking beautifully now. A great example of this Queen of Italian wines!
$76.99 per bottle
“The 2013 Barolo Bricco Boschis is a tremendous effort that has an edge on the excellent 2010 vintage in my view. The wine shows a beautifully exuberant but elegant bouquet with the ethereal and undertone fruit and spice aromas you get with Nebbiolo. Although the wine is never overdone, it does show silky persistence and a long finish that comes from the noble nature of the tannins and the wine's textural finesse. Yet, it is playfully deceiving in a way because behind that polished grace, it delivers impressive depth and power.” Monica Larner – Wine Advocate
$75.99 per bottle
The Vajra family is one of my favorite producers in Piedmont. All their wines have great purity of fruit. Their Moscato d’Asti is perfectly balanced with sweetness and acidity keeping it light, refreshing and enjoyable. Aromas of citrus flowers and ripe golden grapes are followed by a mouthful of chilled apricots and yellow pears. Delightful!
$18.99 per bottle