Rocchettevino, La Morra

Piccoli Produttori Piemontese

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As I’ve noted before, we regularly buy from an Italian collector who refers to Dolcetto, Nebbiolo d'Alba, and Barbera “piccoli vini” - or “little wines”. And he also talks about “piccoli produttori” - or “little producers” - by which he means Barolo or Barbaresco which are not from the best-known names. This is just descriptive and isn’t intended to be pejorative. Some of these wineries no longer exist, and many others have become much better known than they were in the 1960s and 1970s, in part because they used to sell off all or most of their fruit (or wine), and now they bottle their entire production. Since those days many of the names here, like Grimaldi, Marengo, Seghesio, and Veglio have become deservedly familiar to us (although it would take a professional genealogist to untangle the potential webs of family relationships to tell one cousin from another).

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I often wish I had the means (time, stamina, and money) to taste all of the wines we receive; when I do get a chance to taste something from the “piccoli produttori” they always been at least good, and are often much better. From this list I recall good (or better) bottles of Aldo Bianco, Luigi Bianco, Minuto, Parrocco di Neive, and Pertinace. With one exception, none of these bottles are over $99.99, so here’s a chance to do some exploration off the beaten path! Jamie Wolff

 

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Mascarello, Luigi 1967 Barolo Bussia

I have no idea who Luigi Mascarello is but after tasting this bottle I better get on it quick! Lovely nose of mineral, clove, old decaying leaves and wet earth. Palate is firm yet also juicy and engagingly ripe with vivid spice and a great amount of fruit still left. Perectly mature right now! LF

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