Piedmont, in the foothills of the Alps in the north west of Italy, is home to the country’s finest full-bodied red wines. The greatest wines of the region are made from the extremely long lived Nebbiolo, grown within the iconic appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco. Barbera however is the most widely planted and popular variety of the region, owing to its fruit-driven expressiveness and youthful approachability. Whilst the majority of the region’s vineyard owners still sell their fruit to large wineries and co-operatives, an increasing number are opting to make small amounts of wine themselves, selling directly under their own label such as Maretti.
75% Barbera & 25% Nebbiolo
Cherries, spice, perfume of thyme and lavender. Medium-bodied, savoury and slightly tart cherry in flavour profile, some dried herb and floral perfume, smooth-ish suede-like tannin, and an earthy sort of finish of decent length. It’s a little friskier than some vintages, but goes all right. Tasted: Sept 20; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $24; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2021+; Rated: 90 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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