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2017 Barbera del Monferrato “Perlydia”

Cantine Valpane

This wine is dedicated to Pietro Arditi’s aunt Lydia, who “loved the vines and the cellar more than the kitchen,” but who had a soft spot for risotto con salsiccia. With the winemaker’s blessing, sacrifice a few drops of “Lydia’s” Barbera to this family recipe, and then serve the rest with the herb-abundant rice and sausage dish. “Imagine,” says Pietro, “Valpane’s hills are beside the plains where Italy’s rice is grown, which is why we say, ‘rice is born in water and dies in wine!’ ” The secret to this recipe is in the way the rice is cooked, by slowly absorbing hot broth added only after toasting the rice and letting it “die” in half a cup of Barbera. I love this bottling, which is lip-smackingly juicy and comforting, with herbal spiciness and a velvety finish.

Emily Spillmann

$22.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Barbera
Appellation: Barbera del Monferrato
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Cantine Valpane
Winemaker: Pietro Arditi
Vineyard: Planted in 2000, 1.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged 2-5 years in stainless steel and cement tanks before bottling, aged one year in bottle before release
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Piedmont

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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 twelve 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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