Tasting notes, April 30; Wines of Piedmont


2020 La Colombera
Bricco Bartolomeo
On Sale for $12.99
Tortonesi / Italy
100% Cortese
Known for the production of the local Tortona specialty, Timorasso, Colombera also produces this lighter, crisper white from the Cortese varietal. The soils here are composed of clay.
2021 Valdinera Rosato
“Chiaro di Luna”
On Sale for $16.99
Roero / Italy
100% Nebbiolo
The Careglio family has been farming in Roero for four generations. Composed of 100% Nebbiolo, the property’s Rose is sourced from younger vine parcels throughout the 50+ acre estate.
2019 Elio Grasso Dolcetto d’Alba “dei Grassi”
On Sale for $19.99
Monforte / Barolo / Italy
100% Dolcetto
Translating to “little sweet one”, Dolcetto is one of the more versatile red grapes of Piedmont. Grasso’s “dei Grassi” is a sleek, concentrated rendition, packed with fruit.
2019 Francesco Boschis ‘Cicale’
On Sale for $19.99
Dogliani / Italy
100% Freisa
A family estate in the Dogliani zone, Boschis produces a tiny amount of Freisa from less than two acres of vines. Related to Nebbiolo, Freisa shares much of the same aromatic charm as its more famous cousin.
2016 Pertinace Barbaresco
On Sale for $35.99
Treiso / Barbaresco / Italy
100% Nebbiolo 
The 2016 Pertinace is textbook Barbaresco, offering a distinctly aromatic nose of dried rose petal and tar. Medium weight and just in its infancy, this is a Nebbiolo to savor now for its bright fruit or later for its complex secondary balsamic notes.