Giulia Negri is someone you should be familiarizing your self with in Barolo. She has been carving out her identity as a one of the strongest wine makers in Barolo and is just starting out. This Barolo delivers powerful fruit and has all the beautiful aromatics to back it up.
Since the mid 1800s the Brovia family has been synonymous with classically styled Barolo. There vineyard sites are some of the most revered in both their home village of Castiglione Falletto but also in the neighboring Serralunga d’Alba. This Barolo is a clear capture of the Brovia style.
This wine has some serious pedigree. In 1961 Beppe Colla bottled the first commercially sold single-vineyard bottling of Barolo from this site, and in effect changed the history of Barolo forever. This is a benchmark wine, and a must for connoisseurs and neophytes alike.
Not to pat ourselves on the back, but we’re proud of ourselves for not having hoarded all of Giulia Negri’s gorgeous Barolo for ourselves . It’s a beauty. Negri, who took over the estate at 24, lets her Burgundy training show in this powerful, elegant wine. Age-worthy, but also lovely to drink now.
Along with Gattinara and Ghemme, Bramaterra is arguably Alto Piemonte’s most lauded wine. At the NOAH estate, the blend is 80% Nebbiolo, 10% Croatina, 5% Vespolina, and 5% Uva Rara. This is hyper-regional wine with an exceptionally unique character unseen outside of Alto-Piemonte. Especially suited for lovers of all things Nebbiolo.
Cascina degli Ulivi continuously produces surprising, purely biodynamic, and downright delicious Piedmontese wines, and this “Semplicemente” made with Cortese grapes is no exception. A departure from their highly structured, age-worthy bottles, this wine is fresh, fun, and ready to drink now, with notes of crisp fruit and sea breezy minerality.
A second-generation winemaker, Gianluigi Lano took over his father’s vines in the early 90s, and now produces beautiful expressions of the indigenous grapes of the region. This barbera and freisa blend is bursting with red fruit, while grounded by deep greens and earthiness on the palate.
The 2016 vintage in Barolo was legendary. The year produced a crop of powerful, complex, and long-lived wines, and it marked Benevelli’s first release from Mosconi—one of the most prestigious vineyard sites in Monforte d’Alba. Tuck into this piece of history tonight or wait a decade or two.
Located just outside of Monforte d’Alba, the Benevelli family has some pretty serious holdings in Piedmont. The Monforte Barolos are characterized by their bold structure as well as dark and rich flavors. This bottle comes from the celebrated Coste vineyard and is perfect for a truffled risotto.