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2015 Barbera del Monferrato “Rosso Pietro”

Cantine Valpane

2015 Barbera del Monferrato “Rosso Pietro” Cantine Valpane - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

My kids really like pasta and we eat it a lot. A bit too frequently for me, truth be told, but thankfully I have Pietro Arditi’s ripe, savory Barbera to wash it all down. It’s at home accompanying both meaty tomato-based sauces and simple cacio e pepe alike.

Dustin Soiseth

$15.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Barbera
Appellation: Barbera del Monferrato
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Cantine Valpane
Winemaker: Pietro Arditi
Vineyard: Planted in 2000, 2005, 4 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged 3 months in bottle before release
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now nine Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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