Wines of Piedmont
Piedmont is considered by some to be Italy's most significant wine region, where the powerful and age-worthy Barolo originates. In this offer we have a Barolo producer whose wines were some of the most popular at our recent portfolio tasting. They are exceptionally well priced and a fantastic addition to our Italian selection. Decanter Magazine has awarded the Barolo 2006 4 stars and it has already been listed in some of London's Michelin-starred restaurants. If you're looking for value, these wines are definitely worth a try. Tacchino also features in this offer with another selection of great value wines including the extremely fresh and vibrant Gavi di Gavi and two reds that are ideal for every day drinking, pairing beautifully with food or easily enjoyed on their own.
On the fine wine front we still have a few cases available from a previous offer for the highly regarded fine wines of Pio Cesare. There are just two cases of the 2006 Barbaresco and six cases of the 94 Point Barolo, so if you missed the previous offer, here's your opportunity to snap them up.
Silvano Bolmida has just 5 hectares of prime vineyard in Bussia, a subzone of Monforte d'Alba, one of the most important villages in the Barolo district in the Langhe hills, Piedmont. Neither a modernist nor a traditionalist, Silvano's aim is simply to make great wine, learning from the past and trying to improve on it. Silvano employs techniques such as long fermentation on skins and ageing in barriques and tonneaux (mostly old oak) with lees. Wines are often ready upon release but they will also develop in complexity over many years. Silvano's wines represent the identity of the vine, of the area, of the producer and of his family and the results of his hard work and attention to detail are spectacular, and great value for money compared with many "big name" producers in Piedmont.
Barbera d'Alba Conca del Grillo 2008 @ £211.50 £194.40 for 12 bottles inc. VAT (£16.20 per bottle)
The lovely acidity makes the wine fresh rather than sharp, lifting the fruit to greater precision, making it juicy on the palate rather than jammy. It shows the true potential of barbera when grown on a perfect site and made with real skill by someone who really understands the fruit that he is playing with. This is a barbera that rivals the quality of a good Barolo and as a result is terrific value for money.
Barolo Bussia 2006 @ £381.26 £350.44 for 12 bottles inc. VAT (£29.20 per bottle)
The wine ferments on the skins for over 40 days, resulting in soft tannins and great fragrance, with a soft rich velvety flavour and finish. The result is a classic, very complete Barolo wine, perfectly drinkable immediately after bottling but with potential for ageing in bottle for many years. It is bottled without filtration and further refined in bottle for around 14 months or longer. Aged for one year in small oak and two years in large oak, almost none new, there is no flavour of oak dominating the fruit which is a beautiful expression of nebbiolo grapes grown on a great site in a good vintage. 4 Stars, Decanter Magazine.
For more than three generations the Tacchino family has produced superb fresh and modern wines in Castelletto d'Orba in Monferrato, Piedmont. This is perfect wine country, where the hills of Monterrato provide a natural amphitheatre which protects the vineyards from the northerly winds and allows maximum ripeness. The wines are all made without the use of oak to retain freshness and allow maximum expression of the fruit. This results in wines with great purity.
Barbera del Monferrato 2009 @ £128.73 £118.32 for 12 bottles inc. VAT (£9.86 per bottle)
This Barbera del Monferrato is fresh and intense, infused with scents of wild berries and hints of vanilla. With deep, velvety red fruit flavours, spicy notes and a hint of chocolate, this is a perfect partner to flavourful meals and meat dishes.
Dolcetto d'Ovada 2008 @ £130.99 £120.40 for 12 bottles inc. VAT (£10.03 per bottle)
The Dolcetto d'Ovada is packed with cherry fruit and is a delightfully light and refreshing red with delicate floral aromas. An excellent partner for hearty pasta dishes.
Gavi di Gavi 2009 @ £148.05 £136.08 for 12 bottles inc. VAT (£11.34 per bottle)
One of our best sellers and found in many of London's top restaurants, this popular style from Italy is fermented in stainless steel and aged in bottles without the influence of oak. The Gavi di Gavi is a deliciously fresh and vibrant wine made from 100% Cortese grapes with elegant citrus fruit and excellent minerality.
The winery's dedication to quality and respect for tradition and terroir, has allowed Pio Cesare to reach a prominent position among the wine producers of Piemonte. The wines are found in the top restaurants and hotels around the world and are known and respected by the finest wine lovers and collectors. The wines are fermented and aged using both modern winemaking techniques in tandem with the most traditional methods of the region. After an appropriate ageing in large casks and barriques of different French oaks the wines are bottle-aged before their release. Year after year, the wines are ranked among the world's best and most highly regarded.
(2 cases) Barbaresco 2006 @ £175.00 In Bond for 6 bottles (£222.15 inc. VAT)
"A very classic Barbaresco, elegant with ripe and spicy fruit, great depth and complexity. The mild and ripe tannins provide this wine with gentleness and finesse, but also strength and opulence. Very long ageing potential." 91 Points, Wine Advocate
(6 cases) Barolo 2006 @ £175.00 In Bond for 6 bottles (£222.15 inc. VAT)
"A classic Barolo. Excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it has a very long ageing potential." 94 Points, Wine Advocate