Barbara d’Alba DOC/Barbera d’Asti DOC: The d’Alba Barbera also sees no blending. The grape is full bodied with high acidity making it very food friendly. d’Asti is a minimum of 85 percent barbera with dolcetto, grignolino and freisa used occasionally to blend. Here the grape sees more yield so they can do more style ranges and flavor profiles. These wines tend to be fruitier and fatty.
Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC: These are often referred to as a baby Barolo. Basically, they didn’t make the cut for Barolo or Barbaresco, OR the wine maker simple wanted to sell them sooner.
Barbaresco DOCG: Made from 100 percent Nebbiolo. The aging requirements include two years, minimum of nine months in wood. Riserva is a minimum of four years.
Barolo DOGC: Made from 100 percent Nebbiolo. Aging includes three years with 18 months in wood. Riserva is a minimum of five years.
The wines in Piemonte are simply amazing as they are so big and tannic; yet they are not overpowering as the acid and tannin balance is done so perfectly. It’s almost haunting. I kept getting raspberries and strawberries on the nose. Robert calls the wines, “Vini da meditazione”: wines to meditate over. These elegant wines need time to explore and enjoy. Your final sip will be dramatically different from the first. It’s magical, really.
On this day, I fell in love with Piemonte.
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