Pecchenino, Barolo “San Giuseppe” DOCG 2013

House: Pecchenino

Name: Barolo “San Giuseppe” DOCG

Origin: Piemonte, Italy

Vintage: 2013

Price: 178 DKK/23,90 EUR/29,40 USD on winefamly.dk (market price:295 DKK/39,70 EUR/48,70 USD)

 

Piemonte as a wine region

Piemonte is the second most famous wine region in Italy, right after Tuscany. Being home to the Po river, it houses 1/3 of the Italian population due to the presence of cities Milan and Turin. Piedmont is cupped by the Alps to the North and it looks like something out of a scene in Game of Thrones. Most famous wines from this region are Barolo (which we will take a closer look on today) and Barbaresco. However, these wines only constitute 3% of the overall wine production so there is much more to explore.

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Versatility of Piemonte

While the production of Nebbiolo wine is less than Barbera, it’s considered to be the greatest wine from Piemonte. Nebbiolo is a high tannin grape with red cherry, tar, and rose flavors, with a clay-like terroir. When youtaste a Nebbiolo, you can feel the grippy tannin towards the front of your mouth.

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Dark Nebbiolo grape gets its name from the foggy areas where it is grown (Nebbio=fog)

Barbera is the most planted red grape variety in Piedmont and it’s a little less rough than Nebbiolo. Barbera wines from Piedmont are dark in color and taste of black cherry, anise, and dried herbs.

On the white side, the most popular grape is Moscato. Many people do not realize that sweet Moscato comes from the same region as rough Barolo. This grape is used mostly for fruity sparkling wines such as Asti Spumante (less sweet, more alcohol) or Moscato d’Asti (very sweet, low alcohol, less sparkling – frizzante).

Pecchenino, Barolo “San Giuseppe” DOCG

I left this wine open for 2 hours before tasting it. Right at the beginning we can see the dark, sort of foggy ruby color. In the nose we get a distinct smell of tobacco, leather with a hint of smoky smell. In the taste we get straight away a high level of tannins but with a very smooth taste that confirms the nose with a hint of ripe cherries. Wine has a long and quite powerful aftertaste.

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Verdict

Today I finished the trifecta of the most powerful Italian wines. Barolo is again one of the wines that you will probably not be able to finish on your own. Not because of the alcohol content, but because of its strength. It is still a delightful experience. I would recommend to leave it open for a while before tasting. And if you have a good budget, look for older Barolo wines.

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