Northern Italy Wines

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Northern Italy is home to three of Italy’s most important wine regions: Barolo, Barbaresco and the Veneto.


Barolo is similar to Burgundy in more ways than one, and it’s no coincidence that if you ask a Burgundian what his or her favourite region outside Burgundy is then many will say Barolo.

The first obvious parallel is the use of a single grape variety: Pinot for Burgundy, Nebbiolo for Barolo, and this parallel is amplified somewhat by the similarities between these two varieties, both of which have a delicacy and elegance of fruit that is peerless. The ‘easy’ similarities continue in that both regions are largely populated by artisanal winemakers, winemakers who have inherited vineyards and expertise from their fathers and grandfathers.

Barolo is also very much about terroir, though if you think that Burgundy is tricky, Barolo moves the bar. The region can very broadly split in two: the soils of Barolo, La Morra, Novello and parts of Castiglione Falletto are a sandy marl that produces a more feminine style of wine, whilst the older sandstone clay of Serralunga and Monforte generally give a more masculine, structured style. But this is facile, as the intricacies of the terroir here are hugely complex, not least because the variances of exposure are extreme – the vineyards here point in every direction.

Winemaking styles and quality in Barolo have moved dramatically in the past thirty years. There has been a revolution in the quality of the best Barolo, and revolution and counter-revolution in winemaking styles.

The more tenuous similarity is perhaps the most exciting one. There is a quiet revolution taking place in Barolo. After years of tradition, the winemakers are waking up to what they have been blessed with, and quality is on a very steep upward curve. The first wave of this velvet revolution took place in the late 1980s/early 1990s when a generation of young winemakers chose to break with tradition and embrace modern winemaking. Much money was spent on fermenters and new oak barriques, and a new style of Barolo was born, a style that seduced as many as it disappointed (should Barolo taste of terroir and Nebbiolo, or of gloss and new oak?).

Where we are now is at the second stage of the revolution. The excessive use of barriques has been reined in, though there is a pleasing difference in style throughout the region (which includes some staunch traditionalists and some equally staunch modernists). What is genuinely exciting is the number of young winemakers striving for the very best quality possible.

The top Barolo producers are many. In the traditional style the best Barolo producers include Giacomo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Bartolo Mascarello and Cavallotto. Top Barolo producers in the modern style include Sandrone, Roberto Voerzio and Aldo Conterno. FINE+RARE favourite Giacomo Grimaldi, based at the top of the village of Barolo itself, is an excellent source for excellent, well-priced Barolo.


Barbaresco

Just ten or so miles north of Barolo lies Barbaresco. If Barolo is the King of Piedmont, Barbaresco is the Queen. Both regions share the grape variety Nebbiolo and, whilst there are many similarities between the two, Barbareso has a character all of its own.

Much as the two regions are so close, the vineyards are noticeably warmer than those of Barolo, with a noticeable maritime influence, and the vineyards are at a lower altitude. This makes for earlier ripening and the wines are generally less austere and more forward than their Barolo counterparts.

Two top producers of Barbaresco have to be mentioned: Angelo Gaja and the Produttori del Barbaresco. Angelo Gaja was the first producer to put Barbaresco firmly on the vinous map in the 1980s. Gaja wines are exemplified by their purity, precision and remarkable ability to age and Gaja is one of the most important names in winemaking. The Produttori del Barbaresco is the region’s co-operative, though one that is more of a members’ winemaking club than anything else: membership is restricted, quality rather than quantity is key, and this is one of the top producers of Barbaresco.

Other exceptional producers of Barbaresco include Bruno Rocca and Bruno Giacosa. Top vintages for Barbaresco are 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2004.


Veneto

Veneto is situated in the north-east of Italy. Home to Prosecco and Soave, its most important wines from a quality perspective are Valpolicella and Amarone della Valpolicella. The top Veneto producer is generally considered to be Giuseppe Quintarelli, very much a FINE+RARE favourite.

Both Valpolicella and Amarone are made principally from Corvina and Corvinone. Whilst much of the production of Valpolicella is made for simple consumption, the best Valpolicella makes for truly fine wine.

Amarone della Valpolicella is made by drying the grapes for around 100 days following the harvest. The juice in the grape slowly evaporates, sugar increases and the dried grapes are pressed in the March following the harvest. The resulting wines are strong in alcohol, rich and dense.

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2016 AbrahamArt Weissburgunder Abraham; Weingut Northern Italy

2016 AbrahamArt Weissburgunder Abraham; Weingut

£504.00
£504.00
£45.00
£87.00

2013 Abraham Art Gewurztraminer Abraham; Weingut Northern Italy

2013 Abraham Art Gewurztraminer Abraham; Weingut

£279.00
£26.00

1983 Barolo Rocchette Riserva Accomasso; Giovanni Northern Italy

1983 Barolo Rocchette Riserva Accomasso; Giovanni

£3,329.00
£278.00

1974 Barolo Rocchette Riserva Accomasso; Giovanni Northern Italy

1974 Barolo Rocchette Riserva Accomasso; Giovanni

£4,380.00
£365.00

2012 Barolo Rocche Accomasso; Lorenzo Northern Italy

2012 Barolo Rocche Accomasso; Lorenzo

£2,357.00
£2,357.00

2011 Barolo Riserva Accomasso; Lorenzo Northern Italy

2011 Barolo Riserva Accomasso; Lorenzo

£2,348.00
£197.00

1986 Barolo Vigneto Rocchette Accomasso; Lorenzo Northern Italy

1986 Barolo Vigneto Rocchette Accomasso; Lorenzo

£4,884.00
£407.00

1984 Barolo Vigneto Rocchette Accomasso; Lorenzo Northern Italy

1984 Barolo Vigneto Rocchette Accomasso; Lorenzo

£3,285.00
£274.00

1970 Barolo Vigneto Rocchette Accomasso; Lorenzo Northern Italy

1970 Barolo Vigneto Rocchette Accomasso; Lorenzo

£3,180.00
£3,180.00
£266.00

2015 Barbera Giulin Accornero Northern Italy

2015 Barbera Giulin Accornero

£149.00
£149.00

2015 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero Northern Italy

2015 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero

£332.00
£168.00

2015 Grignolino Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie Accornero Northern Italy

2015 Grignolino Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie Accornero

£389.00
£196.00

2014 Grignolino Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie Accornero Northern Italy

2014 Grignolino Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie Accornero

£431.00
£431.00

2014 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero Northern Italy

2014 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero

£399.00
£36.00

2013 Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie Accornero Northern Italy

2013 Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie Accornero

£484.00
£484.00

2013 Grignolino Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie Accornero Northern Italy

2013 Grignolino Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie Accornero

£473.00
£81.00

2011 Barbera del Monferrato Superiore Cima Riserva della Casa Accornero Northern Italy

2011 Barbera del Monferrato Superiore Cima Riserva della Casa Accornero

£593.00
£52.00

2010 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero Northern Italy

2010 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero

£563.00
£563.00
£50.00

2006 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero Northern Italy

2006 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero

£648.00
£57.00

2005 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero Northern Italy

2005 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero

£557.00
£49.00

2003 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero Northern Italy

2003 Barbera Superiore Bricco Battista Accornero

£541.00
£48.00

2007 Barbaresco Basarin Riserva Adriano; Marco & Vittorio Northern Italy

2007 Barbaresco Basarin Riserva Adriano; Marco & Vittorio

£192.00
£192.00

2006 Barbaresco Basarin Riserva Adriano; Marco & Vittorio Northern Italy

2006 Barbaresco Basarin Riserva Adriano; Marco & Vittorio

£187.00
Duty Paid £187.00

2005 Barbaresco Basarin Riserva Adriano; Marco & Vittorio Northern Italy

2005 Barbaresco Basarin Riserva Adriano; Marco & Vittorio

£181.00
Duty Paid £181.00
Duty Paid £18.00

2015 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2015 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli

£650.00
£326.00

2015 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2015 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli

£421.00
£211.00
£211.00

2014 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2014 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli

£390.00
£197.00
£36.00
Duty Paid £36.00

2014 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2014 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli

£552.00
£277.00
£49.00

2013 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

93.0

2013 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli

93.0
£359.00
£181.00
£33.00

2013 Barolo San Lorenzo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2013 Barolo San Lorenzo Alessandria; Fratelli

£545.00
£48.00

2013 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2013 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli

£483.00
£242.00
£43.00

2012 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2012 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli

£450.00
£226.00

2011 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2011 Barolo Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli

£421.00
£38.00

2011 Barolo San Lorenzo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2011 Barolo San Lorenzo Alessandria; Fratelli

£900.00
£78.00

2003 Etna Rosso San Lorenzo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2003 Etna Rosso San Lorenzo Alessandria; Fratelli

£283.00
Duty Paid £143.00

2001 Barolo Le Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

2001 Barolo Le Gramolere Alessandria; Fratelli

£749.00
£749.00

1979 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

1979 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli

£749.00
£65.00

1975 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

1975 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli

£749.00
£749.00

1967 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli Northern Italy

1967 Barolo Alessandria; Fratelli

£736.00
£64.00

2010 Barolo San Giovanni Alessandria; Gianfranco Northern Italy

2010 Barolo San Giovanni Alessandria; Gianfranco

£687.00
£687.00
£344.00
£60.00

1996 Barolo San Giovanni Alessandria; Gianfranco Northern Italy

90.0

1996 Barolo San Giovanni Alessandria; Gianfranco

90.0
£865.00
£75.00

2017 Valpolicella Classico Allegrini Northern Italy

2017 Valpolicella Classico Allegrini

£111.00
£12.00

2017 Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

2017 Valpolicella Allegrini

£145.00
£76.00

2015 Palazzo della Torre Allegrini Northern Italy

2015 Palazzo della Torre Allegrini

£162.00
£162.00
£83.00

2014 Valpolicella Classico Allegrini Northern Italy

2014 Valpolicella Classico Allegrini

£118.00
£60.00

2014 Palazzo della Torre Allegrini Northern Italy

2014 Palazzo della Torre Allegrini

£207.00
£207.00

2014 Amarone della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

2014 Amarone della Valpolicella Allegrini

£561.00
£281.00
£561.00

2014 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Allegrini Northern Italy

2014 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Allegrini

£604.00
£303.00
£53.00

2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Allegrini

£589.00
£589.00

2013 Palazzo della Torre Allegrini Northern Italy

90.0

2013 Palazzo della Torre Allegrini

90.0
£207.00
£20.00

2012 Valpolicella Classico Allegrini Northern Italy

88.0

2012 Valpolicella Classico Allegrini

88.0
£124.00
£124.00

2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Allegrini

£549.00
£49.00

2012 La Poja Allegrini Northern Italy

2012 La Poja Allegrini

£1,019.00
£509.00
£87.00

2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

93.0

2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Allegrini

93.0
£713.00
£357.00

2009 La Poja Allegrini Northern Italy

94.0

2009 La Poja Allegrini

94.0
£1,002.00
£86.00

2003 La Poja Allegrini Northern Italy

2003 La Poja Allegrini

£844.00
Duty Paid £142.00

2000 La Poja Allegrini Northern Italy

2000 La Poja Allegrini

£663.00
£58.00

1997 La Poja Allegrini Northern Italy

1997 La Poja Allegrini

£663.00
£58.00

1996 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Allegrini Northern Italy

1996 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Allegrini

£789.00
£133.00

1991 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

1991 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini

£687.00
£60.00

1990 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

1990 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini

£918.00
Duty Paid £79.00

1988 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

1988 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini

£1,376.00
£117.00

1981 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

1981 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini

£313.00
£29.00

1980 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

1980 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini

£562.00
£50.00

1978 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini Northern Italy

1978 Recioto della Valpolicella Allegrini

£1,250.00
£107.00

2017 Barbera d'Alba Altare; Elio Northern Italy

2017 Barbera d'Alba Altare; Elio

£137.00
£70.00
£15.00

2015 Langhe la Villa Altare; Elio Northern Italy

2015 Langhe la Villa Altare; Elio

£528.00
£265.00
£47.00
Duty Paid £47.00

2014 Barolo Arborina Altare; Elio Northern Italy

2014 Barolo Arborina Altare; Elio

£940.00
£940.00

2014 Barolo Altare; Elio Northern Italy

92.0

2014 Barolo Altare; Elio

92.0
£865.00
£865.00

2014 Barolo Vigneto Arborina Altare; Elio Northern Italy

2014 Barolo Vigneto Arborina Altare; Elio

£639.00
£320.00

2013 Barolo Vigneto Arborina Altare; Elio Northern Italy

94.0

2013 Barolo Vigneto Arborina Altare; Elio

94.0
£1,054.00
£1,054.00
£527.00
£90.00
£177.00

2013 Barolo Altare; Elio Northern Italy

2013 Barolo Altare; Elio

£625.00
£313.00

2013 Barolo Cannubi Altare; Elio Northern Italy

95.0

2013 Barolo Cannubi Altare; Elio

95.0
£1,877.00
£158.00

2013 Barolo La Villa Altare; Elio Northern Italy

92.0

2013 Barolo La Villa Altare; Elio

92.0
£791.00
£69.00

2013 Barolo Unoperuno Altare; Elio Northern Italy

95.0

2013 Barolo Unoperuno Altare; Elio

95.0
£2,497.00
£1,248.00

2012 Langhe Rosso Larigi Altare; Elio Northern Italy

2012 Langhe Rosso Larigi Altare; Elio

£661.00
£58.00

2012 Langhe la Villa Altare; Elio Northern Italy

92.0

2012 Langhe la Villa Altare; Elio

92.0
£517.00
£46.00
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