Piedmont, or Piemonte in Italian is a one of the top three wine producing regions in Italy. Top three, including Tuscany and the Veneto…

This evening I dipped into the cellar and pulled a 1997 Stefano Farina Barbaresco to have with dinner. The wine was magnificent, showing all kinds of complexity on the nose and a dollop of leather and dried cherry on the palate. A few observations…

1. Stefano Farina is a cooperative of growers, which underscores the point that in a great vintage, everyone has a chance at making great wine…

2. Older wine is a treasure worth savoring and current trends towards making wines that are “ready to drink” now should be reversed…

3. Nebbiolo is perhaps one of the most under-rated grapes on the planet.. After nearly fifteen years this wine was tight, with a teasing expression of the true complexity underneath… Who says Italians are always the loudest in the crowd?

(Originally posted on Facebook: September 3, 2011)

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