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Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva Falletto 2011 750ml

Rated 99 - This is an incredible wine that reminds me of the perfect 2000 Barolo Rocche del Falletto. Flowers, spices, leather and animals. Dried...
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Il Chiosso Gattinara 2011 750ml

Rated 90 - This is developing, with the aromas and flavors revealing woodsy underbrush, fading cherry, licorice, leather and tobacco notes....
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Il Chiosso Nebbiolo 2011 750ml

Ruby red color with garnet hues. The bouquet on the nose is very intense with elegant notes of ripe berries, macerated flowers, and tertiary notes...
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La Spinetta Passito Oro 2011 500ml

Rated 94 - This is a special wine made from late-harvest Moscato grapes aged in French barrique for eight long years. The La Spinetta 2011 Piemonte...
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Marchesi Di Barolo Barolo 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - This cuts a broad swath, offering cherry, leather, menthol and tobacco flavors. Shows vibrant acidity underneath, with burly,...
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Tenute Sella Bramaterra 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - Sella's 2011 Bramaterra is gorgeous. Dark, supple and inviting, the 2011 is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few...

2011 Italy Piedmont

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

Situated in the north-western part of Italy, the region of Piedmont is known worldwide and is highly respected for the quality of the wines produced there. Many of the most successful sub-regions in Piedmont produce many of the world's finest red wines, such as those made from the excellent Nebbiolo grape varietal in areas such as Barolo and Barbaresco. However, the historic wineries which typify this region use a relatively wide variety of grapes, including Dolcetto and Barbera for their red wines, which are typically aged and have a delightful velvety character. Piedmont isn't all about beautifully complex red wines, though, as it is also famed for high quality, elegant sparkling wines, notably the Asti wines made with the white Moscato grape. The region benefits from a range of terroirs which are often well expressed in the sparkling wines, and a wonderfully consistent climate ideal for vineyard cultivation.