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2022 Erbaluce di Caluso “Le Chiusure”

Cantina Favaro
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For years, the Great Piemontese Bianco has been our white whale—the majority of the region’s most profound wines are red—but finally, we’ve found it. Hailing from the northern edge of Piedmont, at the foot of the Alps, and made with the Erbaluce grape, this gorgeous bottle courses with energy and bursts open with notes of citrus, pear, white flowers, and a faintly saline finish. Despite the weather, it makes me want to go outside and fire up some fish or shrimp on the grill.

Tom Wolf


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Erbaluce
Appellation: Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Cantina Favaro
Winemaker: Benito, Camillo, and Nicola Favaro
Vineyard: Planted in 1992, 2001, 2009; 2.1 ha
Soil: Morainic clay, sand
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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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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