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Piedmont

Piedmont’s name means “foot of the mountain” and it aptly describes Piedmont’s location near the Alps, just east of France and south of Switzerland. For admirers of Nebbiolo wines, Piedmont is Italy’s most exalted region, since it is home to Barolo and Barbaresco. Barolo and Barbaresco are names of towns as well as names of the two most prestigious Piedmont DOCGs. Piedmont, with 142,000 vineyard acres, has seven DOCGs and fifty DOCs, the highest number of DOCS in any Italian wine zone. Despite its relatively northern location, its sometimes cool and frequently foggy weather, Piedmont produces mostly red wines. The Nebbiolo grape thrives in this climate and in fact takes its name from the Italian word for fog, “nebbia.” With its rich buttery food, majestic red wines and complicated vineyard system, Piedmont is often thought of as the Burgundy of Italy. As in Burgundy, Piedmont vineyards generally have well-established boundaries, and the vineyards are often divided into smaller parcels owned by several families. Though Nebbiolo is considered the most “noble” Piedmont grape, Barbera is actually the most widely planted grape. Dolcetto is the third most common red grape. White wines in Piedmont are made from Arneis, Cortese, Erbaluce and Moscato. Though Barolo and Barbaresco are the stars of the region, the easy-to-drink, sparkling “spumante” and “frizzante” wines of the Asti DOCG are the most widely produced. There are also Piedmont Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.

1980 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina de Neive

Lightly depressed cork; base neck fill; light label condition issue

2001 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva

Light label condition issue

GR  3 Bicchieri   
WA  98   
WS  93   
ST  93+    

2001 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive

Light label condition issue

GR  3 Bicchieri   
WA  94   
WS  94   

2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

Light label condition issue

GR  3 Bicchieri   
WA  94   
WS  93   

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

JS  97   
WS  94   
WA  93+    
GR  2 Bicchieri   

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

JS  96   
WA  95   
WS  94   
4 available
Bid *

1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Riserva

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork

GR  3 Bicchieri   
RP  98   
ST  98+    
WS  95   

2005 Gaja Barbaresco

WA  94   
WS  92   
ST  90   
5 available
Bid

2005 Gaja Barbaresco

Light label condition issue

WA  94   
WS  92   
ST  90   

1979 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi

3.7ltr

Capsule condition issue; label condition issue

2013 Gaja Darmagi

JS  94   
VN  92   
JD  92   
WS  91   
5 available
Bid

2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric

Light label condition issue

WA  93+    
WE  92   
JS  91   
WS  90   

2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Light label condition issue

WA  94   
WS  92   
JS  92   
ST  91+    
2 available
Bid *

2016 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

JD  95   
WA  94+    
VN  94   
JS  94   
2 available
Bid

2015 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito

WA  96+    
WS  95   
VN  94   
JR  17+    

2018 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco

WA  91   

2003 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Light label condition issue

WA  91   
GR  2 Bicchieri   

2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Montefico Riserva

Light label condition issue

WA  96+    
VN  96+    
WS  95   
GR  2 Bicchieri   

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate-Le Coste

WS  90   

2005 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate-Le Coste

ST  94+    
WA  92   

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi San Lorenzo - Ravera

WA  91   
VN  91   

1995 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

Base neck fill

ST  93+    
RP  91   

1997 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

WS  98   
RP  94   
ST  93+    

2009 Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

Light label condition issue

WS  92   

2000 Clerico Barolo Percristina

WS  100   
WA  93   
ST  92