Barbera & Dolcetto: ‘Piedmont’s Affordable Gems’ – Vinous

Barbera & Dolcetto

‘Piedmont’s Affordable Gems’ – Vinous

Lovers of Piedmont ‘owe it to themselves to check out the region’s Dolcetto and Barbera bottlings’, asserts Antonio Galloni. Having spent four days in Piedmont last week, we’re so excited to offer you the new vintages from the region’s ‘dynamic duo’ (Wine Enthusiast) – Barbera and Dolcetto – at incredible prices.

‘The finest Dolcettos, Barberas and Langhe Nebbiolos deliver the same terroir-driven, artisan spirit of their more famous brethren, but at far more accessible prices that make them great choices for everyday drinking at the dinner table.’ – Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Dolcetto d’Alba produces charming, pure-fruited, vibrant and delicate wines. The variety’s name comes from ‘dusset’, which means ‘hill’ in the old Piemonte language, as it’s often planted in the cooler, higher-elevation sites where Nebbiolo doesn’t fully ripen. The best Barbera d’Albas are darker fruited than Dolcetto. They’re smooth and elegant, with depth of fruit, spice, and juicy, fine-grained tannins.

Stefano Marengo follows in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Mario and Marco Marengo, and makes considered, finely layered wines. We’ve been importing their wines for more than a decade and I’m amazed at the deft touch and ever-increasing quality from this tiny producer. GD Vajra is of our favourite Piedmontese families and among the region’s oldest. Much of their Barbera and Dolcetto is planted on the same terroirs as their Nebbiolo, yielding wines of great finesse. Finally, this is the first time we’ve imported a Barbera from the effervescent Giulia Negri – the region’s rockstar. She has now been at the helm of her family estate, Serradenari, for almost a decade, and her wines are phenomenal.

2021 was an extraordinary vintage for Italy’s Piedmont, boasting verve, detail and depth of flavour. Definitely one to stock up on!

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