The Edinburgh Wine Club 

 Wines of Piedmont, 18th July 2019

WINE

REGION;

STRENGTH

GRAPE

APP.


MAKER & SUPPLIER


£

COMMENTS

Ranking 1-3; Best White; Best Value

The Society’s Gavi, 2018


Gavi;

12.5%

Cortese

DOCG

Single Estate;

Wine Society

9.95

Very refreshing and zesty. Light and easy rather than depth. Lots of fruits! Citrus, lemon, pineapple, lychees, apricots, melon…and a little butter.


Dragon Langhe Bianco

2017

Langhe;

14%

Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Nascetta,

Riesling

DOC

Luigi Baudana;

Wine Society

10.95

A step up in quality and body from the Gavi. Pleasing acidity but less citrus. Some distinctive Chardonnay butteriness comes through, with notes of petrol, raisin, slate and mineral.

3rd

BW =

Langhe Favorita

Servaj

2017

Langhe;

13%

Favorita

DOC

Deltetto;

Wine Society

12.50

Balanced acidity, with very pronounced lemon/sherbet/citrus flavour. Doesn’t have the mixture of fruits in the Gavi.


Roero Arneis,

Pittatore,

2017

Roero,

13.5%

Arneis

DOCG

Bric Centurio;

Wine Society

13.00

(Estimate)

A little sweeter, with a distinct creaminess. A suggestion of burnt almonds and vanilla on the palate, with a caramel sweetness at the end.

American Cream Soda!

BW=

Dogliani,

2017


Dogliani;

14%

Dolcetto

DOCG

Poderi Luigi Aunaudi;

Wine Society

11.50

On the nose: parana pine, like a wood workshop, cigarettes!......we concluded we had a rogue bottle of this normally delightful Dolcetto.


Barbera d’Asti,

2016 Superiore




Asti;

14.5%

Barbera

DOCG

Araldica.

Sold as the Wine Society’s Barbera d’Asti. Also available from Waitrose.

7.50

Inky rather than red in colour, with a superb nose of tobacco, leather, gentlemen’s clubs, cigar smoke…and distinct tannins on the palate.

Barbera is the grape most planted in Piedmont, and the wine most consumed by the locals. Remarkable value at this price.

BV

Barbera d’Alba

2016


Alba;

14.5%


Barbera

DOC

G.D.Vajra;

Wine Society

14.95

This Alba version was much fruitier and fresher than the Asti version, with the tang of blackcurrants. Although both were from 2016, this was younger and cheekier.


Barbaresco

Riserva

2010

Langhe

14%


Nebbiolo

DOCG

Terre da Vino;

Waitrose

18.99

Very dry and spicy…. yet sweet for a red. Custard, sweet vanilla…but went well with sausage. However, this venerable wine seemed near the end of its life.

2nd

Barolo Riserva

2009

Barolo

14%



Nebbiolo

DOCG

Terre da Vino;

Waitrose

24.99

As with the Barbaresco, the Nebbiolo tannins had softened into silence. As indeed the group had as we mulled over the softness of Piedmont’s finest. Blackberries rather then blackcurrants!

1st

Moscato d’Asti “Sourgal”

2018

Asti,

5%

Moscato Bianco

DOCG

Elio Perrone;

Wine Society

8.25

But they were re-energised by lemon tart washed down by Moscato! Very light and refreshing…. lemony, apple, lime, elderflower…could drink gallons of this!





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