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2020 Barbaresco “Vicenziana”

Silvio Giamello
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That Silvio Giamello’s exquisite Barbaresco costs the same now as what Eric Asimov and his New York Times “Wine School” panel paid for it in 2010 speaks to the incredible value you can still find in Piedmont. They named that wine—the 2005 vintage—their favorite Barbaresco of the bunch, judging that “its structure was evident, yet so was its delicacy.” The same is true in 2020. This bottling is a master class in how to produce Nebbiolo that is simultaneously lithe and full of character.

Tom Wolf

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Nebbiolo
Appellation: Barbaresco
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Silvio Giamello
Winemaker: Silvio Giamello
Vineyard: 41 - 48 years, 2 ha total
Soil: Clay with Lime-rich Marl
Aging: Aged in Slavonian oak botti (barrels) of 20-30 hectoliters for 2-3 years
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Piedmont

map of 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 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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