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Cellar Favorite: 1974 E. Pira e Figli Barolo

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

There are many delightful things about this wine. Its pretty label is noteworthy, for it spells out the Nebbiolo vineyards in which the grapes were picked (Cannubi, S.Lorenzo, Prea, Vignane and Via Nuova), a rarity, as hardly anyone thought of making such info available back then.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Marotti Campi Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Orgiolo

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

I doubt that many people, Italians included, are aware just how well Lacrima di Morro d’Alba wines can age. Made in the Marche region of Italy from the moderately aromatic red grape called Lacrima, the wine has clearly nothing to do with Alba or Piedmont (the Morro d’Alba name is a source of never ending confusion).

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Vinous Napa Valley Vineyard Maps

Italy, featured, Italy: Piedmont, United States: California

Vinous, Nov 2016

Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern cartography. Each map shows property boundaries on the front and more detailed information on the back, including historical background for each region and 3-D images that allow for unprecedented perspective of vineyard sites.

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Bartolo Mascarello Retrospective: 1958-2010

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

This retrospective tasting of 18 vintages of Bartolo Mascarello Barolos provided a great opportunity to revisit a number of historic vintages and also check in on some of the recent releases that have helped catapult this small, family-run estate into Piedmont’s upper echelon.

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2012 Barolo Part 2 – The Late Releases

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

This article covers the late-released 2012 Barolos. I continue to believe that 2012 is a vintage to buy selectively. There are some very pleasant surprises, but, as a whole, the vintage is characterized by highs and lows. Although quality is irregular, the best 2012 Barolos are very much worth seeking out, especially considering that there is not a lot of upward pressure on prices for the vintage at the moment.

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Cellar Favorite: 1982 Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

Pertinace’s 1982 Barbaresco Marcarini from one of the all time great Piedmont vintages is a revelation.

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Barbaresco: Worlds Apart

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

I found much to admire in the 2014 and 2013 Barbarescos I tasted during my most recent visit to the region this past August. The best 2014s and 2013s are exciting, thrilling wines that capture all the qualities that make Nebbiolo such a compelling grape. But far too often, the gap between the top estates and the rest is simply too wide for a region with the potential to make truly world-class wines.

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Eating & Drinking in Piedmont: 2016 Edition

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Piedmont is strikingly beautiful pretty much all the time, but it is especially magical this time of year. The last days of summer melt into fall, temperatures drop, leaves burst into glorious expressions of color and the buzz of harvest is in the air. Mushrooms and white truffles add to the natural bounty of the Piedmontese table. There is no better season to explore Piedmont’s vinous and gastronomical riches.

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La Festa del Barolo 2016

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

La Festa del Barolo 2016 was a rousing success. The event raised over $130,000 for charity and brought Barolo lovers from around the world together to celebrate the magic of Nebbiolo and Barolo in all of its different expressions.

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The End of the Innocence - English & Italian

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2016

The recent sale of Vietti to American investor Kyle Krause is one of the most shocking events I have seen in twenty years of visiting Piedmont and nearly thirty years of buying and drinking Vietti wines. For decades, Vietti has marketed itself as the standard bearer of artisan Piedmontese values – multi-generational family ownership, tradition and an attachment to the land. The question is: What does Vietti, and more broadly, Piedmont, stand for today?