Piedmont in pictures

After a tour of the Monsordo Bernardina estate in Alba, we got stuck into a tasting of Ceretto’s single vineyard Barolos and Barbarescos, as well as those made from a blend of grapes from their four estates. All of the wines shared a thread of elegance, brightness of fruit and red fruit flavours. While many of the Barolos had the concentration you’d expect from the region, all had a lightness of touch and fine grained tannins that made the wines incredibly approachable despite their youth.

As a comparison, we also tried the 2009 vintage of top drop Cannubi San Lorenzo, which is only made in standout years and bottled in magnum. With 10 years on the clock this wine sang with notes of sour cherries, dried herbs, forest floor and truffles, and had a charming florally to it. Barolo rewards patience and the wines come into their own after a decade. The problem is having the patience to lay them down for that long.

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