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Vinous Tasting Group - The Wines of Bruno Giacosa

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

I was thrilled to receive an invitation to join a group of avid Piedmont lovers, many of whom I have known personally since the early days of Piedmont Report, for this remarkable tasting of wines from Bruno Giacosa. We all brought bottles from our cellars organized around several loose themes and enjoyed them over a delicious dinner at DeGrezia in New York City.

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Vinous Table: Ristorante Il Centro, Priocca, Italy

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

One of the things I like most about Il Centro is the menu that offers diners a good dose of the classics, along with more modern dishes that nevertheless remain rooted in tradition and a few whimsical choices that are a nice break from the tried and true standards.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Domenico Clerico Barolo Bricotto Bussia

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Domenico Clerico’s Barolo Bricotto Bussia is absolutely gorgeous tonight. Hauntingly beautiful, with plenty of the tertiary nuances Nebbiolo acquires over time, the 1989 is a pure joy to taste and drink.

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Remembering Domenico Clerico

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Late Sunday evening, as I sat in one of my favorite wine bars in Piedmont, the long-dreaded news that had been in the air for the last few days finally arrived. Domenico Clerico had succumbed to his battle with cancer at 67 years of age. One of the most beloved personalities in Piedmont, Clerico touched many lives during a career that saw him rise from total obscurity to become one of the world’s most admired winemakers.

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Eight Decades of Cappellano Barolo: 1935-2011

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

Cappellano's Barolos represent the very best of the artisan tradition in Piedmont. This recent retrospective back to 1935 was truly unforgettable. Tiny production and insatiable demand makes large-scale Cappellano verticals exceedingly rare. When all was said and done, we tasted a number of extraordinary, deeply moving wines, including several reference points as well as most of the modern-day classics that have emerged from these cellars recently.

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Cellar Favorite: 1975 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Bussia di Monforte Riserva Speciale

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, May 2017

Bruno Giacosa’s red label Riservas from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are, for the most part, such spectacular wines that when you find one that behaves in rather idiosyncratic ways it becomes a cult wine in its own right.

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Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Retrospective: 1990-2010

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

This recent retrospective of Rinaldi Barolo Brunate from magnum going back to 1990 was special for so many reasons, most notably the rarity of the bottles we opened. Gordon Ramsay’s maze in the heart of London was the setting for what turned out to be a truly unforgettable evening.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Over the years, I have been fortunate to taste and drink more than my fair share of the 1990 Monfortino, but this is the first time I have tasted the wine at the winery, from a bottle that has never moved.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Bruno Giacosa’s 1996 Barolo Riserva Falletto more than lives up to its lofty reputation. The wine needs time in the decanter for some initial VA funk to blow off, but when it does, what emerges is a Barolo of utterly captivating beauty.

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Cellar Favorite: 1988 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo La Brunata

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

I have always enjoyed Francesco Rinaldi’s single vineyard Barolos, both of which are made from two of the denominazione’s greatest sites, Brunate and Cannubi.