WINE LEGEND: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1995

The 1995 vintage was good enough in Piedmont and some great wines were made. The 1995 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG is a perfect example to introduce today. Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. It is often referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” because until the mid-19th century […]

WINE LEGEND: Barolo Riserva Monfortino 2008

“The 2008 Barolo Riserva Monfortino is pure excitement.”- Robert Parker The 2008 was an unusual year in Barolo, Piedmont. An unexpected cold snap in October delayed the harvest and left many wines with an intense perfume and sweetness that is highly unusual in young Nebbiolo. In that year Giacomo Conterno produced one of its most […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON NEBBIOLO

Nebbiolo is a black grape variety with high levels of acidity and tannins but little color. It mostly grows in two regions of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, the North-west corner of Italy, where vineyards are protected from northern winds and precipitation thanks to mountains providing a rain shadow.  Nebbiolo grape provides full-bodied red wines […]