Power, purity…Brunate – 2009 Oddero Barolo Brunate

From a 0,4 hectare site in one of Barolo’s most esteemed Cru comes this immensely enjoyable effort from the historical producer, Poderi e Cantine (farms and cellars) Oddero. Vine age is ~ 60 years, and production is just 2,000 bottles; since 2010 vintage, this site is now farmed according to BIO methods. Brunate Cru The…

Az. Agr. Gilberto Boniperti – another rising star in Alto Piemonte

This is a really small winery, but they’re producing some big results. I have to ask myself, is the quality so good because there’s just 3Ha to farm (i.e. because it’s possible to give greater attention to the vines/land than if there were, say 20Ha), or, what might be possible if there were 6Ha, and…

Le Pianelle – another great gem from the Alto Piemonte

Recently, I had the chance to taste the wines of Le Pianelle. Since that time, I’ve had a chance to further investigate this project – what I’ve learned so far points in a few directions, consistently: it’s a story of quality, fortitude and vision. You can find plenty of good information on Le Pianelle HERE…

Exactly as it should be – Az. Agr. Monchiero Fratelli

Sometimes it happens when we least expect it – we come across something that stands apart, it rockets up from a set of expectations, and it enters your inner circle along with all your other prized memories, possessions, experience, etc. That’s precisely what happened one day when I happened to stop by the Cantina Communale dei…

Antonio Vallana e Figlio, Alto Piemonte, Part I

It was April, 2014, and it was a rather warm (read: too warm) day inside Padiglione (pavilion) 10, home to the Piemontese wines at Vin Italy. Inside Pad 10, (see below for map of the whole place, the larger Pads/Buildings on the map are, HUGE (no, think bigger) – and not air conditioned, and crowded…

Getting wowed in Barbaresco

It’s not easy to get wowed these days. You see, I’ve been doing this wine thing professionally for nearly 20 years, and getting wowed happens less and less often it seems. Well today that changed – I visited Sottimano. Andrea Sottimano is slight of build, but his vision for what is possible is quite big,…