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2010 - A Piemontese masterclass

27th June, 2014

2010 - A Piemontese masterclass

“Every vintage is a gift, you just have to find the beauty!” declared Luca De Marchi of Proprietà Sperino this week when the wines of Piemonte took centre stage at our third annual Piemontese tasting in central London.  

The 2010 Barolo wines were a natural attraction for the customers and press in attendance, who were also given the chance to taste them alongside each other during a masterclass. The panel – Franco Massolino, Franco Conterno and Giuseppe Vajra from Barolo, Luca De Marchi from Lessona and Luisa Rocca from Barbaresco – each selected two of their wines to demonstrate the particular character of the Nebbiolo grape in the 2010 vintage.  

While each sub-zone had its own story of the vintage, all the producers agreed that 2010 produced outstanding wines that combine freshness and elegance with a powerful structure. This combination led them to conclude that while the wines are already beautifully approachable, they have huge potential for ageing. David Gleave MW noted in particular, “Like 2008, 2006 and 2004 before, 2010 has the balanced acidity that sets it apart and marks it as a vintage you could lay down”.  

Also on show was a new wine to our portfolio, the single-vineyard Barolo ‘Ravera’ 2010 from G.D.Vajra which has been nine years in the making. Situated to the south-west of the Barolo zone, the vineyard has been farmed since 2001 but produced Langhe Nebbiolo until 2008. Giuseppe Vajra explained the style, “It combines the transparency, lighter body and aromatics of the Barolo valley with the power and structure of Monforte D’Alba.” The wine is being bottled this week and will be available in the autumn.  

There were also many other wines to enjoy at the tasting, including intriguing local white varieties such as Timorasso from Vigne Marine Coppi, Arneis from Deltetto and Cortese in the form of Gavi di Gavi from La Giustiniana – as well as their Gavi under screwcap. Rosé drinkers weren’t forgotten either, with the ‘Rosa del Rosa’ from Proprietà Sperino perfect on such a warm summer’s day.  

For those looking for something lighter, Moscato d’Asti from G.D Vajra and Contero were hugely popular. Sometimes underrated in the past, this fresh, grapey, low-alcohol (5.5% abv) and lightly sparkling style of wine is starting to enjoy increased appreciation across the board and these are fantastic examples for newcomers to the variety.