Visit to Piedmont April 2018
Eric and Carolyn just returned from our wine buying trip to Piedmont, Verona and Venice. It had been several years since our last stay in Piedmont’s Langhe region, and we were excited to find out what had changed since our last visit. It’s always been a stunning landscape with green, vine-covered hillsides, narrow twisting roads, fantastic local cuisine, and of course, our very favorite tannic wines and taciturn winemakers.
The landscape? Still stunning, still very green, and even “greener” – many estates are certified organic or in the process of doing so.
The food? Amazing ly, it’s even better than ever – the addition of fish, especially crudo (raw) on nearly every menu, is a recent and welcome event. While there are no new white wines to pair with the pesce, Champagne and Franciacorta are plentiful.
The wine? Breathtaking. The wines we tasted at the 16 estates we visited were, undoubtedly, the best wines these estates have ever made. And so drinkable! Where were the formidable tannins that would dry out your mouth and nearly shut down your palate? Where was the dominant oak at certain addresses? Not a trace did we find – in its place were elegance, length, purity, and yes, terroir
The excitement was palpable: at each cellar, not only were we excited to connect with our old friends, they were equally excited to present their 2013 and 2014 wines, both very different yet superb expressions of the noble nebbiolo grape. We were honored to spend time with our long-time friends, who, no surprise to us, represent the very best estates in the entire region. A grand grazie mille to all the Langhe estates for their gracious hospitality, incredible wine, and enduring friendship:
Giuseppe Rinaldi, Barolo
Brovia, Castiglione Falletto, Barolo
San Fereolo, Dogliani
Elvio Cogno, Novello, Barolo
Burlotto, Verduno, Barolo
Allesandria, Verduno, Barolo
Vietti, Castiglione Falletto, Barolo
Renato Ratti, La Morra, Barolo
Giacomo Conterno, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo
Giacomo Brezza, Barolo
Cantina del Pino, Barbaresco
Albino Rocca, Barbaresco
Giuseppe Cortese, Barbaresco
Ceretto, Alba, Barolo
Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco