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There’s more to Italy’s famed Piedmont
region than Barolo and Barbaresco, as this
rich, earthy red demonstrates.
What You Need To Know
Until the last 40 years or
so, few small grape farmers in Piedmont made their own wine
commercially. Today, boutique, family-run wineries like Elio
Filippino are a common sight in the rolling hillsides of this
northeastern region. Patriarch Paolino Filippino began to produce
tiny amounts of wine in the late 1940s and, as his wines got
better, began selling fewer grapes and more finished wine. The
Filippinos focus on traditional Piedmont cuvées, such as
Barbaresco, Barolo and Barbera, made from only their own
grapes. But they also offer this modern-style blend of two French
grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) and two local varieties
(Barbera and Nebbiolo). The result is an earthy, powerful red
loaded with fruit, structure and spice.
Black cherry scents with
a pleasantly gamey edge.
Layers of earthy, full-bodied
black fruit and spice notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Earthy red meat dishes.