When one speaks of Italy's most vocated wine regions, Piedmont is one of the first territories that come to mind for winelovers and sommeliers everywhere. In particular, the Langhe are known to give a Piedmontese red wine unique elegance, capable of pampering the senses or enhancing the extraordinary dishes of Piedmontese cuisine. Roero DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG and Barolo DOCG wines share certain characteristics, but differ in the % of Nebbiolo they contain, the area of production and the wine-making rules that influence their organoleptic profile, structure and ageing potential. The Masterclass organised by theGo Wine Association at the Melia Hotel in Milan was particularly interesting precisely because it was possible to taste and compare the sensory differences of these great wines.

Piedmont red wine: Roero DOCG

  • Grapesis mainly made from Nebbiolo grapes, but unlike Barbaresco DOCG and Barolo DOCG, a small percentage (maximum 5%) of other local red grapes is allowed for Roero DOCG.
  • TerritoryThe production area is located in the north-western part of the province of Cuneo, particularly on the left bank of the Tanaro river. The area is characterised by sandy soils that give wines that are more aromatic, less tannic and therefore ready immediately.
  • Vinification and ageingrequires a minimum ageing of 20 months (of which at least 6 in wooden barrels) and 32 months for Roero DOCG Riserva.

Tasting #1: "Sudisfà" Roero DOCG Riserva 2020 - Negro Angelo & Figli +

It is ruby red with garnet hues, transparent and consistent. Delicate and intriguing nose with notes of cherries in spirit, white chocolate and black pepper. In the mouth it is consistent, warm, quite fresh, tannic, very structured and with a long finish that makes you salivate.

Piedmontese red wine Roero riserva angelo negro

Tasting #2: "Panera Alta" Roero DOCG Riserva 2020, Bric Castelvej ❤️❤️

It is a concentrated garnet red with mahogany hues at the edges, transparent and consistent. Intense and elegant nose with very marked notes of wood, vanilla, tobacco, violet, blood orange and a balsamic accent. In the mouth it enters coherently, very balanced, very fresh, structured and with smooth tannin. Long finish.

Piedmontese red wine Roero castelvej

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Piedmont red wine: Barbaresco DOCG

  • Grapesis made exclusively from Nebbiolo grapes.
  • TerritoryThe production area is limited to small areas around the municipalities of Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso and part of Alba. The soils are rich in limestone and marl and therefore ideal for giving the wine an important structure and a long ageing capacity.
  • Vinification and ageing: requires a minimum ageing of 26 months (of which at least 9 in wood) for the normal version and 50 months for the Barbaresco DOCG Riserva.

Tasting #3: "Pajorè" Barbaresco DOCG 2020, Piazzo Comm. Armando

It is a concentrated ruby red, transparent and consistent. The nose is intense with fruity notes of fresh cherries. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, savoury and structured, but with slightly green tannins. Long finish.

Piedmont red wine barbaresco

Tasting #4: "Cascina Bordino" Barbaresco DOCG Riserva 2018, Tenuta Carretta ❤️

It is garnet red with orange highlights, transparent and consistent. Delicate and elegant nose with spicy, chocolatey notes, strawberry yoghurt and an accent of medicinal herbs. In the mouth it is consistent, soft, fresh, savoury, structured and long.

Piedmontese red wine barbaresco docg

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Piedmontese red wine: Barolo DOCG

  • Grapesis made exclusively from Nebbiolo grapes.
  • TerritoryThe production area comprises 11 municipalities in the heart of Piedmont, with Barolo at the centre. The soils vary widely, but are generally calcareous-clayey, contributing to the creation of extremely long-lived and complex wines.
  • Vinification and ageingrequires a minimum ageing of 38 months (18 of which in wood) from the date of 1 November of the year of harvest and 62 months for Barolo DOCG Riserva.

Tasting #5: Barolo DOCG Serradenari 2020, Dosio Vigneti ❤️

It is pale ruby red, transparent and consistent. The nose is delicate and elegant with notes of wild strawberry, blueberry yoghurt and rose petals. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, savoury, structured, tannic and with excellent drinkability supported by the acid shoulder. Great potential in the bottle.

Piedmont red wine dosio

Tasting #6: Barolo DOCG Baudana 2020, G.D. Vajra

It is concentrated ruby red, transparent and consistent. The nose is delicate and elegant with very balsamic notes and a hint of liquorice root. In the mouth it is consistent, savoury, structured and quite long. Still young, but not with a very long ageing potential in the bottle.

Piedmontese red wine Barolo Baudana

Tasting #7: Barolo DOCG Cannubi 2019, Marchesi di Barolo ❤️

It has a concentrated ruby red colour with garnet highlights at the edges, and is consistent. The nose is intense and very elegant with notes of vanilla whipped cream, Sichuan pepper, violet and rose. In the mouth it is soft, fresh, savoury, structured and with a long finish of cherries under spirits.

Cannubi red wine from Piedmont

Tasting #8: Barolo DOCG Riserva Castelletto, Fortemasso ❤️❤️❤️

It is transparent garnet red, consistent. Delicate and elegant nose with notes of black pepper, juniper, milk chocolate, and cherries both fresh and in spirit. On the palate it is fresh, savoury, structured and very long with lovely tannin and a nice, salivating finish.

Piedmontese red wine Barolo Fortemasso

Piedmontese red wine: the myth of the Langhe

When one speaks of Piedmontese red wine, the mind of any winelover runs to the splendid hills of the Langhe capable of giving Nebbiolo its territory of choice. If Barbaresco DOCG and Barolo DOCG enjoy undisputed fame throughout the world, Roero DOCG is a bit of a lesser Bacchus child, the one that has never been able to get the recognition it deserves. Roero DOCG, in fact, offers a fresher and softer sensory profile, ideal for relatively early consumption that can be particularly effective both in the cellar of a restaurant and for the home consumption of the sommelier who does not want to wait too many years to enjoy his wines. Barbaresco DOCG and Barolo DOCG, on the other hand, have more structure, significant tannin and great ageing potential that demands time from their drinkers in order to express its full potential. This is why it is a mistake to forget Roero DOCG... another great Piedmontese red wine from nebbiolo grapes with exceptional drinkability.

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