Piedmont Direct Imports – Why Not Wednesday

Piemonte is a northern land of rugged peaks, gentle hills and fertile plains with storied cities and storybook castles backed by the snow-capped Alps in its midst. Descending from the Alps, its culture and name comes from the jagged mountains -“piede” meaning foot and “monte” meaning mountain. When you think of some of the best Italian red wines, Piedmont hopefully comes to mind as it is one of the top players in the Italian wine industry. Barolo and Barbaresco are some of the best known reds in Italy, produced in the Langhe in Southern Piedmont. Other red wines like Dolcetto and Barbera can be more practical, enjoyable and approachable. Twice a year we partner with our good friends at Giuliana Imports, a locally based import company in Boulder to bring in some of the best wines the region has to offer. I know we often say this is a tasting not to miss… but if I were you I would definitely not miss this tasting!

2015 Fiore Barbaresco, Piedmont IT – Nebbiolo :: $36 Sale $32

The Fiore Family began farming their estate holdings in the hills of Asti, Verduno, Neive and Tresio in the 1920’s. It was a common story of the times, as growers and simple wine-makers they sold their production to local bottlers and cooperatives. Today, Andrea Fiore is the new face of the farm and in 2011 began bottling under the family name. This transition is allowing the family to realize their potential of producing estate bottled wines.

2016 Elio Altare Dolcetto, Piedmont IT – Dolcetto :: $26 Sale $22

The family Altare was originally from the town of Dogliani, then the farm in La Morra was bought. In 1948 the estate covered 5 hectares of nebbiolo, barbera and dolcetto vineyards, along with some peach, hazelnut and apple trees. Since 2003 Silvia, the oldest daughter, began working besides Elio, while Elena, the youngest daughter, moved to Germany, where she runs a wine importing company. This wine is dry but soft, delicate tannins, full taste of cherries and black cherry. Medium-bodied, easy drinking to be appreciated in the summer months, served a little chilled. In Italy it is considered an excellent everyday wine.

2017 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto, Piedmont IT – Dolcetto :: $30 Sale $26

Aldo Vaira’s wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico Vajra. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 60 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.

2014 G.D. Vajra Brico Delle Viole Barolo, Piedmont IT – Nebbiolo :: $89 Sale $79

Milena and Aldo began the winery in 1972, producing small quantities of Piemontese wines from vineyards planted by Aldo’s father in 1947. The fruit was sold to negociants until Aldo bottled his first vintage in 1978. Today, the family has 40 Ha under vine. The estate is steeped in tradition, Barolos are macerated for 20 to 30 days depending on the vintage. Wines are typically matured in large neutral Slavonian casks. Stylistically, the estate produces wines of incredible finesse and elegance. The holdings in Bricco delle Viole is the prized vineyard of the estate, planted in 1949 by Aldo’s grandfather. It’s a very fresh terroir with open exposure and breezy conditions. Holdings in Barolo commune are: Fossati, Coste de Vergne and La Volta. Recently acquired vineyards in the commune of Sino (just outside Barolo DOCG, next to Serralunga) make a gorgeous Langhe Nebbiolo.




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