The Secret of Piedmont's Power

Nebbiolo is the grape used to Borolo and Barbaresco, the powerful wines from Piedmont region, high priced and made for aging. But it can also be used to make an entry level, approachable wine that is a bit more affordable and made to be consumed young. A perfect wine for pairing with a variety of foods, such as lamb, mushroom risotto, it has flavors of cherry, coffee, anise, and earth, with grippy tannins. Here are three of our favorites in the wine shop to take home with you the next time you visit the shop.

  • 2017 Produttori  Nebbiolo, $25
    Lively earthy berry fruit floats atop fine tannins and great acidity.

  • 2015 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbaco, $26
    White pepper, cherry, tea, juniper and tobacco flavors dissolve into a swath of tannins that leave a grip on the finish. Though elegant, this feels more like a Barolo in profile and structure.

  • 2017 GD Vajra Nebbiolo, $23
    Generous and vibrant, fresh, with reminiscence of raspberry and a hint of fresh mountain strawberry.