Piedmont is renown for making the worlds greatest expressions of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera, Timorasso, Moscato, Arneis and Cortese and is the true home to the king and queen of Italian wine, Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is the most coveted of wines from this region and you'll find a whole array of different expressions, from the most expensive, muscular and age-worthy Barolo, to the more elegant and fine Barbaresco, to the affordable hidden gems of Ghemme, all the way through to the every day and delicious Langhe Nebbiolo that needs no time to open. You're guaranteed exceptional wines from this special region and we've got the best for you!
Sommeliers love to describe Barolo with two words: “roses” and “tar.” Of course, Barolo is actually the fruitiest and most full-bodied of all the Nebbiolo regions in Northern Italy. Expect flavors of raspberry, red cherry, roses, potpourri, cocoa, anise, licorice, allspice, truffles, and a clay lick.Barolo wines age at least 18 months in the barrel, with a total of three years aging before release. Even though that sounds like a lot, this wine is really meant to age. Most traditionally-made examples only start to come around at 10+ years (when all the tannins chill out).Riserva Wines labeled Barolo “Riserva” are aged for a minimum of five years.Vigna on a label indicates a single vineyard wine.There are eleven different communes of Barolo, with two different main taste styles (based on the soil type: limestone vs. sandstone). (Of course, winemaker influence matters too, but that’s a story for another time.)The lighter-tasting wine communes include La Morra and Barolo, with limestone-based soils. The bolder-tasting wine communes include Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, and Castiglione Falletto, with more weathered sandstone-clay soils.