The Hedonistic Taster
Italian Wine: Barolo and Other Wines of Piedmont
by L.M. Archer | FWS, Bourgogne + Champagne ML
These Piedmont wines all share a common commitment to terroir. Sourced from exclusive, family-owned wineries, the thin-skinned, prima donna Nebbiolo grape used in many of these wines reminds me of my touchstone, Pinot Noir from Bourgogne.
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Wine: Rizieri Barolo DOCG
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Suggested Retail: $ 50
Robe: Pellucid ruby robe.
Nose: Sous bois, worn leather, herbaceous, red cherry nose.
Palate: A lithe, supple, light bodied wine with refined tannins and an elegant finish. Delicate.
Wine: Rizieri Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC
Suggested Retail: $ 27
Robe: Brilliant ruby robe.
Nose: Sharp, red berry (currant, tart cherry) aromas.
Palate: Red cherry attack, floral mid-palate, ethereal finish. Light body, exceptional balance, seamless structure. Haunting.
Wine: Rizieri Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC
Suggested Retail: $ 30
Robe: Dark plum robe.
Nose: Dark sour cherry, plum, pomegranate, black tea, dark mineral, rosemary aromas.
Palate: Light-to-medium body, solid structure. Sour cherry, herbal, and black tea attack yields to dark plum mid-palate, with a brooding, blue and black fruit finish. Complex. Take some time with this wine.
Wine: Dogliotti 1870 Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Alcohol: 5.5 %
Suggested Retail: $ 19
Robe: Clear gold robe.
Nose: Appealing apricot, orange blossom, lychee aromas.
Palate: Lovely, lilting citron and lemon curd attack, stone fruit mid-palate, with a ginger, nutmeg and white nectarine finish. This wine surprises with its shapeshifting versatility. Frizzante!
Wine: Dogliotti 1879 Barbera d’Asti DOCG
Suggested Retail: $ 15
Robe: Clear ruby robe.
Nose: Fragrant rose petal, violets, potpourri, and dark berry aromas.
Palate: Light body, deft balance, superb structure. Blueberry, raspberry, black tea on the attack and mid-palate ends with a soft, balsamic finish.
Wine: Dogliotti 1879 Barolo DOCG
Suggested Retail: $ 40
Robe: Dark ruby robe.
Nose: Heady rush of mushroom, potpourri, (violets, lavender, sage), sous bois, black tea, bright cherry aromas.
Palate: Light body. Bright acids on the attack soften to truffle notes mid-palate, ending with a floral finish.
Wine: Bric Cenciurio Roero Arneis DOCG – ‘Sito dei Fossili’
Suggested Retail: $ 24
Robe: Pale gold robe.
Nose: Exotic stone and orchard fruit ((pear, quince) and spice (ginger) aromas, with a hint of almond.
Palate: Light body, solid structure. Tart orange and citrus on the attack shift to mineral notes mid-palate, gently fading to an aromatic, ginger finish.
Wine: Bric Cenciurio Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC – ‘Naunda’
Suggested Retail: $ 24
Robe: Dark garnet robe and ruby-purple rim.
Nose: Savory, umami and dark potpourri aromas.
Palate: Light-to-medium body, with heft, balance, and a lingering finish. This wine opens and closes with notes of blackberry, English Breakfast tea, and dark plum. A ‘stormy night in front of the fireplace’ wine.
Wine: Bric Cenciurio Barolo DOCG – ‘Coste di Rose’
Suggested Retail: $ 60
Robe: Clear, bright ruby robe.
Nose: An umami bomb of dense leather, game, white pepper, savory black olive, dried rose petal, and mushroom aromas.
Palate: Light body. Astringent red cherry and white pepper attack mellows to dried rose petal and floral notes mid palate, ending with a lingering, tannic cherry finish. A ‘Grand Cru-style ‘Barolo that leaves you wanting more. Truly remarkable.
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