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16 Italian in the Top 100 di Wine Spectator

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After launching release in fits and starts on the top ten most anticipated by manufacturers, retailers and wine lovers , the drafting of Wine Spectator has unveiled the wine judged best of the year , Spain’s La Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 Cune , with a score of 95 / 100 , priced $ 63 , and secondly the Bordeaux St.- Emilion 2010 Château Canon -La Gaffelière , in third place Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley of Oregon’s Domaine Serene . Only nectar in the top ten is the Italian Barolo Monprivato 2008 Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio .


A ranking that , as far as we are concerned , on the whole still spoken mainly in Tuscany and Piedmont. With no absolute results of excellence with respect to the new world wine countries , with France and Spain , but with the positive aspect of seeing among the top 100 wines of the world also territories not so obvious to the general public . In other words: not very well on the assessments recognized that there were 10-15 years ago , its space to the usual suspects , but with emerging territories of absolute interest – in the past completely snubbed – finally recognized at the international level , such as Valtellina , Campania, Basilicata and Sicily. This is the trend that emerges from the famous “Top 100″ prestigious magazine ‘s 2013 American Wine Spectator .


Sixteen Italian wines classified (as in 2012) , of which 5 Piedmontese : 4 Barolo and Barbaresco 1 , and 6 Tuscany : 2 Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico 1 , 1 Nobile di Montepulciano , Bolgheri 1 and 2 IGT Toscana . To keep company with Barolo from Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio , who finished in 6th place , arrive Barolo Albe 2008 GD Vajra to occupy 16 square ᵃ and Chianti Classico 2010 Poggerino , 18 ° . Following this, the 21st Bolgheri 2011 , Le Macchiole ; 24 ° Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Pertimali Livio Sassetti .


In 50th place is the scene of Sicily, with the Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2010 from Cos ; 58th Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 Avignonesi ; 61 ° Barbaresco 2007 Barbaresco producers , at an altitude of 66 states Basilicata, with Aglianico del Vulture Macari ‘ 2007 Macarico . At n . 80 stands in the Tuscan Maremma Mongrana 2010 Querciabella , below, at n . 82 – big surprise – from Valtellina Superiore Sassella 2009 Mamete Prevostini . At n . 86 debuts Ranked Barolo La Rosa 2008 Fontanafredda . At n . 91 another great classic of Italian , often unfairly overlooked : Taurasi Radici Riserva 2006 Mastroberardino . At an altitude of 94 Barolo Prapò 2009 Schiavenza . Closure without surprises , the whole of Tuscany, with the Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Montosoli Altesino n. 96 , and with the Tuscany Gates 2011 Badia a Coltibuono, n. 100 .



Essential Guide to Piedmont Wine (with Maps)

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Why learn about Piedmont?

Piedmont vs. Piemonte

If you want to speak as the Italians do, say “Piemonte” (pee-ay-MON-tay).

If you’re trying to get a deeper understanding of Italian wine, Piedmont is one of the most useful wine regions to get to know. One reason for this is that Piedmont introduces us to a completely new set of wine grapes to taste and understand. It’s also one of the two most famous regions in Italy for wine (the other is Tuscany). Piedmont is in the Po River Valley and it’s home to ⅓ of the population of Italy.

When people think of Piedmont, they imagine Barolo and Barbaresco, two famous areas producing age-worthy Nebbiolo wines. In truth, Barolo and Barbaresco only account for 3% of Piedmont’s production, there’s quite a bit more to uncover. So let’s get started with Piedmont wine.

Piedmont Wine Guide

Monferrato with the Alps in the Distance in the Piedmont wine region
Monferrato in the Apennines with the Alps in the distance. photo by Stefano Pertusati

Piedmont is cupped by the Alps to the North and it looks like something out of a scene in Game of Thrones. To the South you’ll find the Apennines – less stunning – which are more like a set lumpy hills. Despite their modest stature, the Apennine hills are where you’ll find most of the quality wine production in Piedmont.

Why is wine better from the hills in Piedmont? There are two major features affecting the weather in Piedmont: the ice cold Alps and the warm Mediterranean. The tug-of-war (a.k.a. Diurnal) temperature variation makes the whole area fill up with fog in the morning that slowly burns off during the day. This means the land higher up on the hills gets more sun. More sun = happy grapes = good wine. There are good wines to be found north of the Apennines in the foothills of the Alps. But since this area (around Gattinara) is much cooler, expect much lighter tasting, higher acidity wines.

Let’s take a look at the wines of Piedmont:

Piedmont Wine Basics
If you want to experience the diversity of Piedmont wine try these:

Piedmont Wine Region Map

Piedmont Wine Map by Wine Folly

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