Piedmont(甜酒): Nature, Wines and Much More - pontigrandcru
Nestled in the heart of the Italian countryside, cocooned on three sides by the Alps and sharing its border with France and Italy lies the gorgeous area of Piedmont(甜酒). Most of this area is mountainous and has proven to be great terrain for growing grapes. This is also the region from where the stunning Barolo and Barbaresco wines come from. Given the soil and weather conditions, the Nebbiolo grapes grow quite comfortably here, which are in turn used for the creation of these wines.
Given the hilly terrain and close proximity to the Alps, there is a coolness in the air. In addition, since the Mediterranean is also nearby there is an undeniable warmth. This diurnal temperature creates a wonderful climate for the grapes. There is a heavy fog in the morning, which melts away with the rising sun and the areas that are higher up on the hills, get an abundance of sunlight. More sun means better grapes and that eventually leads to a better harvest. This is why the wines from Piedmont are so special!
A majority of the wines that are created in this area are reds, and those include Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo. Then there are also some superb whites and those include Moscato, Arneis and Cortese. The Nebbiolo wines are produced in lesser quantity as compared to the other reds of this region, but they are certainly worth the amount. This is by far, one of the best Piedmont wines. With its high levels of tannin, you will be able to savor red cherry, tar and also rose in your glass.
On the other hand, the Barbera has notes of black cherry, anise and several other exotic herbs. Even though this wine is a little cheaper than the Nebbiolo, it is nowhere lesser in taste and offers a robust experience. The Dolcetto might translate into the ‘little sweet one’, in actuality it is anything but! This wine has low acidity, but undertones of tar, blackberry and also licorice.
Moving onto the whites of the Piedmont region - the Moscato Bianco has two varieties, both of which are low in alcohol. The grapes with which this white wine is produced is actually a really old variety. Enthusiasts of wine will be able to sense aromas of not just roses, but also oranges, lychees and even cotton candy! The Cortese wines are drier and have a fruity flavor, tilting more towards citrus. As for the Arneis, it has a slightly bitter taste and a note of almond. These wines work well with most foods, but they work especially well with freshly made pastas and truffles.
Knowing more about a wine is the first step to truly enjoying it!