Piedmont Tasting Event Notes

Piedmont Tasting Event Notes

Posted on Dec, 17. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

It was great to see so many of you out on Wednesday evening at l’Etoile — at more than 75 people, that was without question the largest tasting event we’ve had since the Guild’s coming out party long ago. It seemed like everyone was having a good time — the holiday spirit, some wonderful food and five outstanding wines combined to deliver an evening full of joy for all who attended.

As those who attended know, the tasting spotlighted many of the best wines I tasted from my trip to Barolo and Barbaresco a few weeks ago. I’ve been having a devil of a time deciding which wines to focus my write-up on, as the wines all performed exceptionally well and were great representatives of their respective varietals, meaning that there was truly something for everyone in the lineup. I’ll try to summarize and focus my comments as best I can:

Matteo-Correggia Roero Arneis 2009:
I’m drinking more and more Italian whites these days, and wines like this are the reason. Great stone fruit flavors with minerals and floral notes, nice acidity for focus, and excellent balance, this is a great white wine for those tired of Chardonnay. 90 points from the Wine Advocate, their highest scoring Arneis from the vintage.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $13.94 • Premier Cru: $14.57 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $19.00
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Ceretto Dolcetto Visadi 2007:
Ceretto’s 2009 Dolcetto was one of the best I tasted on my trip, so I was excited to see how this version from the outstanding 2007 vintage performed. The answer — exceptionally well! I was incredibly impressed with the depth and complexity of this wine — this would be a perfect complement to pizza or other hearty winter fare with a little spice. A great quaffer with real character.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.66 • Premier Cru: $15.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $20.00
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Vajra Barbera Superiore 2007:
Vajra makes two Barbera each vintage, a basic level and this Superiore. They really aim high with the Superiore, using select grapes and more refined vinification, and the results are impressive. Without question this was the best Barbera I tasted on my trip (from more than a dozen), and this delivered again on Wednesday. Classy, spicy, deep and rich, this is as good a Barbera as you’ll ever taste.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $28.59 • Premier Cru: $29.89 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $38.99
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Vajra Barolo Albe 2006:
Vajra also makes one of the most affordable regular Barolo bottlings in the region, the Albe. This wine showed impressively deep flavors and nice complexity, wtih all the hallmarks of true Barolo at a price that’s eye-poppingly inexpensive. If you want to enjoy all that Barolo has to offer and yet not break the bank, this wine is for you.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $27.15 • Premier Cru: $28.37 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $37.00
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Alessandria Barolo “San Lorenzo” 2005:
If the Albe is the pinnacle of regular Barolo, the Alessandria made a great contrast to what the pinnacle of the vineyard-designated category can taste like. More fruit, more flowers, more structure, and yet great balance, this wine had it all going on; some splash decanting helped, as this was drinking much more openly than I feared it might. Whatever the case, this wine blew the minds of more than a few folks who were unfamiliar with the heights that Nebbiolo can reach.
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $40.34 • Premier Cru: $42.17 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $55.00
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With enough orders we may get some incremental price breaks from our distributor, so please do let us know if you have an interest in buying any of these spectacular wines. For those who didn’t have the chance to get away last month like I did, these wines are so true to their terroir that they transport you to Italy in spirit anytime you open one…

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