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Campania: Forgotten Realms

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Eric Guido, May 2020

Campania is steeped in history that goes back many centuries. Its oenological landscape is every bit as fascinating. Indigenous varieties – many of them brought back from near-extinction – cultivated in striking sites by ambitious producers yield remarkable wines that speak of place. Readers will find everything from crisp dry whites to powerful reds built for the cellar, and everything in between.

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Nebbiolo in Its Many Guises: Alto Piemonte & Valtellina

Italy: Piedmont, Italy: North, featured

Antonio Galloni, apr 2020

There is no question that Nebbiolo is one of the world’s greatest and most noble red grapes. An ability to convey the essence of site and vintage through the lens of producer style places Nebbiolo in rarified company. Once consumers experience the magic of Nebbiolo – most often through the wines of the Langhe – it is only natural to ask: What else is out there? The answer is Alto Piemonte and Valtellina, two separate and distinct regions, both of which offer so much to explore.

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Piedmont: Beyond the Usual Suspects

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

With its plethora of appellations and indigenous grape varieties, Piedmont is one of the most intriguing regions in Italy. The range and diversity of wines is just breathtaking. Although Barolo and Barbaresco continue to command quite a bit of attention, the reality is most of us can’t afford to drink Barolo or Barbaresco every day. I certainly can’t. But Piedmont has much to offer beyond those famous areas, including so many wines that deliver superb quality for the money. Readers will find plenty of gorgeous, affordable wines in this report.

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Remembering Renato Vacca

Italy: Piedmont, featured, Vinous Remembers

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2020

I was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Renato Vacca at just 51. Painfully shy and introverted, Vacca crafted gorgeous wines that capture all the pedigree nestled within the striking hillside vineyards of Barbaresco. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him and all those who his wines touched.

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2016 Barolo: Right Place, Right Time

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2020

In so many ways, 2016 is all about being in the right place at the right time for Barolo. An ideal growing season with all the prerequisites for a great vintage comes at a time when so many winemakers are in their primes, past the stage of experimentation and settled into their own personal styles. The result is a vintage full of truly spectacular, breathtaking wines that captures all the pedigree that Nebbiolo and Barolo are capable of.

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Cellar Favorite: 1968 Cappellano Barolo

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

I was very fortunate to run into this exquisite bottle of Cappellano’s 1968 Barolo recently. As it turns out, I had just visited the estate that very morning, so I was in a Cappellano state of mind.

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2015 Barolo – The Late Releases

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

This article focuses on the late release 2015 Barolos, most of which were bottled this past summer. As I have written previously, 2015 is a mixed vintage, and yet there are plenty of compelling wines, many of them from estates that are surging in quality. Given the interest that is already building around the 2016s, I imagine the 2015s will be easier to source than wines from more consistently outstanding years. Even so, as a long-time buyer of these wines, my advice is always the same: readers are best off focusing on producer first.

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Accornero Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie 2006-2015

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2019

Accornero’s Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie is arguably Italy’s best Grignolino, one that proves just how remarkably ageworthy the wines made with this highly underrated grape can be.

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Barbaresco 2016 & 2017 – A Tale of Two Vintages

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

Piedmont fans will find plenty of new releases in the market this fall. The 2016s confirm all of the promise they have always shown. It is a stunning, brilliant vintage across the board. Mother Nature was not as kind in 2017, a year that is going to require a much more selective approach.

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Cellar Favorites: 1970 Giacomo Conterno Barolo & Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Italy: Piedmont, Piedmont, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

Giacomo Conterno’s 1970 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is one of my very favorite wines. When Il Professore told me he might bring a bottle to dinner, I didn’t think he actually would, much less show up with a bottle of the 1970 Barolo also in tow. But, so he did!