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2021 Monferrato Rosso

Tenuta La Pergola
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Happening upon a humble trattoria in Italy and being poured a profoundly delicious carafe of house red is among the Holy Grails of wine. This occurs much more often in the imagination than it does in reality. Statistically, it is just slightly more common than coming across the next Bob Dylan at open mic night. That would not be the case, though, if more Italian joints served Tenuta La Pergola’s Monferrato Rosso. This Piemontese red, made for our clients and varying in blend every year, is made up of Barbera, Dolcetto, Bonarda, Freisa, and Croatina in the 2021 vintage. Take one whiff of this intensely aromatic quaffer and you’re in a patch of blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries. On the palate, it has some earth and spice, too, along with a friendly tannin and fine acidity. Enjoy this versatile wine on its own or alongside a pizza, simple pasta, and anything off the grill.

Tom Wolf

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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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