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Posted on December 11, 2019 Category: Death & Taxes

Wrapping up the year with Italian Piedmont Reds

We are closing out the year with a focus on red wines from the Piedmont region of Italy, one of the top wine regions of Italy and arguably the world.  The Piedmont is dynamic wine region producing many different styles of wine from a myriad of native varieties. We’ll be celebrating this varietal for our Marrow Magnum Mondays all month-long in December at Death & Taxes

What’s Marrow Magnum Monday? Each Monday, our beverage director Cappie Peete picks a different magnum of wine to offer by the glass. The magnum picks are organized by a monthly theme, giving you a chance to do a deep dive into a region or style by trying wines in large format. 

On December 2nd, we featured Paitin "Sori Paitin" Barbaresco.  Paitin is one of the oldest wineries in Barbaresco, founded in 1796, and the current vintages of their wines are superb examples of focused, elegant, traditional Barbaresco. Their "Sori Paitin" is produced from their renowned old vine parcel with the famous Serraboella cru. It is a beautifully complex wine that showcases the spicy, floral and savory flavors that can all come from the Nebbiolo grape.  

On December 9th, we featured Vietti "Perbacco" Langhe Nebbiolo. Vietti winery is owned by the family's fourth generation. This family is responsible for several monumental winemaking concepts in the area, such as making single vineyard wines and putting the grape variety Arneis on the world wine map.  This exceptional wine drinks like a world-class Barolo but for a fraction of the price.

On December 16th, our selection will be Marziano Abbona "Rinaldi" Barbera d'Alba.  This selection is a wine from the lesser-known but certainly not less delicious grape, Barbera.  The full line up of wines from the Abbona estate consistently possess a certain factor that keeps us coming back for more.  The same amount of care goes into every wine they make, and that shines through this juicy, spicy and blue-fruited wine.

On December 23rd, our selection will be Nervi-Conterno Gattinara. We are venturing further north in the Piedmont region to Gattinara for this week’s selection. Nervi is the oldest winery in Gattinara that is still producing wine and it was recently purchased by the legendary Conterno family. This wine, made from the Nebbiolo grape, boasts layered aromas of violets, orange peel, smoke, licorice and loads of ripe cherries.  

On December 30th, our selection is G. D. Vajra Albe Barolo. We are closing out this year with one of our favorite wineries and a tribute to local tradition in Barolo.  G. D. Vajra continues to raise the bar, and "Albe" is a true Barolo di Barolo which means they have blended fruit from three different vineyards sites all within the Barolo commune.  Each fruit has different southern exposures and add distinct qualities to the wine. The result is a complex and rich Barolo that will age gracefully for another three to five years!

See a wine that you simply cannot miss? Reserve your table here.

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