We are so super excited about this week’s Wine Share tasting because it will be featuring all of our just-in Piedmont offerings that we’ve been anxiously awaiting. We always try to work with a bit of a theme each month for the wine share based on style or season, but this month’s theme is very deliberate in that it was all hand-picked by Dustin and Kristen at the grand Guliana Imports Piedmont Tasting back in March. Each of the wines picked for the Share stuck out in their minds as unique, special and classic representations of what Piedmont’s terroir and winemakers have to offer, and they are very excited to share it with you all.
Haven’t had the wines of Piedmont before? Well, get ready to have your mind and palate expanded. Piedmont is a very special area of Italy that produces some of the world’s most stunning and famous wines. The terroir is special in that the area is cupped by the Alps to the north and by hilly landscape to the south. The climate is shaped by the ice cold Alps and the warm Mediterranean. The tug-of-war (a.k.a. Diurnal) temperature variation makes the whole area fill up with morning fog that slowly burns off during the day. This means the land higher up on the hills gets more sun. More sun = happy grapes = good wine. There are good wines to be found north of the Apennines in the foothills of the Alps. But since this area (around Gattinara) is much cooler, expect much lighter tasting, higher acid wines. Barolo comes from Piedmont, as does Barbaresco, Barbera and Gavi. Nebbiolo is king, but there are many other gems, hidden and not, that contribute to the region’s fame.
This Wednesday we will taste four selections from our Piedmont offering. These wines are quite limited, as we had to special order them in March, so if you like them, buy up! Most of what we will pour is cellarable, as well. Even the roses have a decent shelf life. We’ll start with a delicious, high acid and aromatic white from the Cortese grape, the San Lorenzo Gavi. You may have heard the word ‘Gavi’ before but not known whether it was a grape or region. It is a region which grows Cortese, alone. Next up we’ll pour a vibrant and beautiful rosato from G.D. Vajra, the Rosabella. The rosato is more delicate than it looks, and with Nebbiolo as its base, can be enjoyed now or in another year or so. It would make a great Thanksgiving wine. Next we’ll pour a wine from the same family, the G.D. Vajra Clare ‘J.C’ Nebbiolo. This Nebbiolo is unlike anything you’re ever had. Promise. It harkens back to a style that pre-dates dry wines in Piedmont. Thomas Jefferson recalls the first Nebbiolo he had and commented saying, “” This wine, while not sweet and bubbly like TJ recalls, is made as an homage to that style. It is bright, fresh and fruity without being sweet and will make the perfect summer red. Also, would make an excellent Thanksgiving wine. (It’s just now summer, and it sounds like we’re ready for fall, already!) Last up is the Paolo Scavino Rosso. This blend of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera and Merlot is fresh and vibrant and a super crowd pleaser. If you love it, check out his mid and higher end selections. He makes great Barolo, as well. The white blend, the Sorriso, is a staff favorite too.
2017 San Lorenzo Gavi: Made from 100% Cortese, this wine boasts delicious and fresh notes of citrus, green apple, almond and mineral.
2018 G.D. Vajra Rosabella Rosato: This Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera blend is bright in color, delicate on the palate and complex enough for a variety of fare and for cellaring. Expect fresh notes of rose petals, raspberry, strawberry and orange blossom.
2018 G.D. Vajra JC Clare Nebbiolo: A vibrant, aromatic and fresh Nebbiolo which sees no oak and shows delicious flavors of red fruit, gentle spice and incense.
2017 Scavino Rosso: A delightful blend of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera and Merlot that shows fresh notes of berry pie, flowers and a touch of earth.