When we think “old World Chardonnay” our minds immediately head to Burgundy, but this Piemontese Chardonnay is a close second! The high altitude of these vines brings lightness, brightness, and freshness to this mineral-driven expression of Chardonnay.
Dolcetto is often relegated to second–or even third–fiddle in the realm of great Piedmontese reds. Yet–a really sublime Dolcetto paired up with the ideal cuisine can surely outshine far more sophisticated wines. That is certainly the case in the cellars of Guido Porro. A humble winemaker with a lineup as sharp as they come, you won't find more value in approachable Italian reds anywhere else in the country. This release of his Dolcetto is particularly delicious, begging to be paired up with your favorite pizza pie.
We can barely restrain our excitement for this brand new wine from the best value producer in all of Italy. All of Elvio Tintero’s wines are spot on, delicious, and cheap! Delicious, classic Nebbiolo for 13 bucks? How can you beat it? With some fresh pasta, that’s how.
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.
The Giamello’s produce some of the most stunning, old-school, artisanal Barbaresco that you will come across. All the work is done by hand, no chemical nonsense, just pure, powerfully elegant, Nebbiolo. Violets, cherry & fresh pavement. An impressive bottle to open now but definitely worthy of the cellar.
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.
Vespolina is an indigenous grape here in Piedmont, Italy, marked by an incredible savory bouquet. It’s often overshadowed by the famous Nebiollo, but this wine holds its own. It’s full bodied, with notes of graphite, balsamic, black pepper and red fruits.
Before the Second World War Bramaterra produced more wine by volume than Barolo. While it’s much harder to find today, those who are in the know go to great lengths to find it. Fresh in its youth, but with Nebbiolo’s characteristic structure and grippy finish. Welcome to the club.
The brothers Fantino are masters of old-school Barolo. This bottling is nothing short of a masterpiece. From one of the best vintages in recent memory, theirs is young and grippy yet has a supreme sense of elegance. Drink it young with some air, or hide it away and watch it unfurl.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.