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2021 Monferrato Rosso

Tenuta La Pergola
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La Pergola’s Monferrato Rosso is a prime example of a value wine that overdelivers. It’s bold and tangy, brambly and vibrant, with earthy notes of rosemary and black licorice. If this sounds complex for a house red, it is. The Bodda family masters a variety of indigenous Piemontese varieties, many of which shine in this blend—think Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa, and lesser-known varieties like Croatina and Bonarda. Each contributes to this unmistakably Italian, deliciously rustico red that you won’t be shy about serving to even your hard-to-impress guests.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 2021 vintage: 50% Barbera, 18% Dolcetto, 17.5% Bonarda, 11% Freisa, 3.5% Croatina
Appellation: Monferrato Rosso
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Tenuta La Pergola
Winemaker: Alessandra Bodda
Vineyard: 15 years, 1.6 ha
Soil: Sand, Limestone
Aging: Wine ages for 10 months in stainless steel before bottling
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

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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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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