From serious to supple these reds from Piedmont and Alto Adige will take you on a varietal and geographical journey across Northern Italy.
- Dornach ‘2’ Pinot Nero 2018: A stunner, this alpine Pinot Noir bursts with pleasure and personality. It’s elegant and lovely but don’t let the almost translucent hue fool you. This is serious wine from a top estate. Try it with a slight chill and quick decant. Biodynamic
- In Der Eben Schiava ‘Sankt Anna’ 2016: In Der Eben is perhaps the most picturesque winery I have visited. Their signature bottling is the Sankt Anna Schiava, named for the small church on the property where local winemakers still gather each year to pray for a good harvest. Schiava (or Vernatsch) grown in and close to the valleys is typically light and quaffable, this Schiava is quite different. Higher altitude and poorer soils create a much more complex wine, and so it spends two years in large oak casks and another year in bottle to coax out the best that this grape has to offer. Biodynamic
- Aldo Marenco Dogliani ‘Suri’ 2018: Suri or “Southeast” in the local Piemontese dialect, represents a Dogliani vineyard’s ultimate orientation, which enables the Dolcetto grapes to catch optimal rays throughout the day and achieve perfect ripeness. Bright, fresh and youthful, this wine showcases the beautiful character achieved through aging in concrete. Still young and a bit nervy, I’m enjoying this one as much on Day 2 as Day 1. Organic
- Aldo Marenco Dogliani Superiore ‘Parlapa’ 2016: Parlapa or “He Who Talks Too Much” – a phrase meant to intone the need to let the wine, not the person, do the talking, or perhaps an overly confident neighbor – is a bolder Dolcetto from lower yielding vineyards and aged for two years in large oak. The most complex Dolcetto I have tried. The result of 3 generations of Piemontese winemaking expertise. Organic
- In Der Eben Freistil Red Wine NV: Freistil or Freestyle is a movement of young, forward-thinking Alto Adige winemakers, Urban Plattner of In Der Eben among them. His Freistil is a red wine made of Merlot and Lagrein, two varieties that grow together across a half hectare vineyard on the farm. The result is a true South Tyrol field blend, with the Merlot’s soft, round character balancing the wild and crisp nature of Lagrein. Biodynamic
- Aldo Marenco Barbera ‘Balin’ 2017: Balin or “Wandering Dreamer, Full of Ideas” is a wine that favors the adventurous spirit and represents the lovely Barbera grown on the estate. In a region where the Dolcetto grape is king, owner/winemaker Claudio Marenco does wonders with the Barbera here. Rich, juicy and built for long lunches over vitello tonnato, agnolotti del plin or whatever Italian food you fancy. Organic