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A totally original wine with a bouquet evocative of Mediterranean herbs – thyme, oregano and rosemary – with a touch of white pepper and good, ripe cherry fruit. A fine mouthfeel and long scented finish complete the picture.
Product Code: IT28471
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"Colour: Clean pale vermilion red.
Aroma: Young and fresh, sweet fruit, cherry, bubblegum, strawberry with hints of rhubarb, violets and banana.
Taste: Light, refreshing, very mild tannin but has a little grip, lively acidity. Palate reflects the nose. Balanced, the high alcohol is only evident on the spicy cherry fuelled after-taste.
Overall: Reminded me of Beaujolais, subtle and mild. Approachable, appealing and pleasant. Looks and feels weak but this packs a punch, although the 14.5% abv is barely noticeable. Needs to be served cool, fair price, worth a try.
Mr Gabriel Higgins (21-Sep-2019)
"Outstanding - pity no longer available. Versatile wine , fruity, engaging, lightship, yerbdepth of flavour, fruit balanced with herbs. Improved even next day. "
Mr Nigel T Coulthard (16-Dec-2018)
"For me this Pelaverga lands somewhere between a Poulsard and Bardolino, minimal tannins and not great length yet both perfectly suited to this wine, lovely red cherry and red currant on the palate with balanced acidy providing youth, drink it cool and get out the antipasto! watch out for that alcohol 14% adding a touch of spice."
Mr Alexander Lomas (22-Feb-2017)
"This was a beautiful surprise - loved it. My wife who is Italian introduced me to softer Piedmontese wines like Dolcetta but this is a marvel"
Mr Richard Jobson (05-Sep-2015)
"I agree with the other reviewers. This is not cheap wine and poor quality."
Mr Dennis Greenslade (18-May-2015)
"I have not read the wine gangs review, and opened a bottle received in a mixed Italian case. If the wine gang liked it, I must have a dud bottle, as I agree with the previous comment. It was very unpleasant, and could not drink it.
Mr Brian McDonald (29-Dec-2014)
"I rushed to buy two bottles of this following the Wine Gang's excellent review. The bottle I opened didn't seem the same at all. I had a rather fruit-colouring bubblegum aroma and a rather nasty taste."
Mr David Bricknell (30-Nov-2014)
thewinegang.com (16th Oct 2014)
"It's not often that
within minutes of tasting a wine we go straight online to bag a few bottles for
ourselves, but that's exactly what happened last week. GB Burlotto put Barolo
on the map at the start of the 20th century, and this is the perfect autumnal
red made from one of Piedmont's more obscure native red grapes, pelaverga. Pale
in colour, heady in perfume, it is super-smooth with distinctive Italian earthy
beetroot flavour cosying up to cherry fruit. It's a gem, and would be perfect
with game birds now back in season. - The Wine Gang"
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The small Burlotto estate in the Piemontese village of Verduno is run by Fabio Alessandria, whose great-grandfather Giovanni Batista Burlotto founded it in the 19th century. Burlotto almost single-handedly put Barolo on the international wine-map, having been one of the first to spot its incredible potential. He entered his wines into international competitions and won many medals for them, something that was unprecedented at the time, and was awarded the distinguished title of ‘Il Commendatore’ in recognition of his gallant efforts for Barolo. While the premises and cellars here are modest, the wines are some of the most spectacular in all of Piemonte. Fragrant on the nose, with bright fruit and velvety tannins, they bring out the characteristics of each individual grape, whether nebbiolo, barbera, dolcetto or the less well-known pelaverga, a pale and interesting Piemontese speciality with a spicy freshness and a slightly bitter twist on the finish which adds to its charm. Winemaking is firmly traditional with, the emphasis on large oak barrels, though there is a preference here for French, rather than Slovenian oak. The jewel in Burlotto’s crown is Monvigliero, a legendary Barolo vineyard which produces wine of great individuality and ageing potential, never forced or overly powerful but relying instead on charm and elegance to capture our attention.
The most renowned of the north western wine regions of Italy is Piemonte, and it is arguable that it is the most renowned of all Italy’s wine producing regions. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, both made solely from the nebbiolo grape that performs particularly well on the slopes around the town of Alba, Piemonte produces some of the most famous, and increasingly sought after, wines in the World. These are wines that manage to harmonise power and finesse, harnessing the abundant tannins of nebbiolo to richness and concentration but, in good examples, never tipping over into heaviness. They have all the components necessary to make wines that can age for many years and achieve a silky elegance that reminds many of the finest Burgundies. The climate is largely continental with a little influence from the Mediterranean over the hills helping to maintain the long, warm autumns that nebbiolo needs to reach full ripeness on the limestone, clay and sandy soils not far from the Alps to the north.Besides nebbiolo the Piemontese also make wines from varieties that give them something to drink while the Barolos and Barbarescos mature gracefully in vat and bottle. Dolcetto (little sweet one in Italian) and barbera are the principal varieties, best known for producing fruity, lively reds to match the foods of the region but which are also now being taken more seriously and given the treatment that can turn them into something far more refined and structured through lower yields, better sites and oak ageing. Beside them growers persist with the lesser known but just as fascinating freisa, rouchet, grignolino, brachetto, pelaverga, bonarda, croatina and vespolina, and the white varieties cortese and arneis. Lastly, but these days not necessarily least, Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui are two wines that, when made well, can be a delight – frothy, sweet and fragrant bubblies of low alcohol and gentle fizz for enjoying with a range of desserts when lightness of touch is called for or for drinking in the garden on a warm Summers’ evening.North of Piemonte is the Valle d’Aosta, the smallest wine region in Italy squeezed into a valley abutting the Alps almost in the shadow of Mont Blanc and reaching out to the French border. Here, on steep Alpine slopes, varieties like petite rouge, fumin, malvoisie and petite arvine sit alongside a few plantings of chardonnay and make characterful wines with a mountain freshness that goes delightfully with the local cuisine. Slightly to the east a scramble of small appellations such as Gattinara, Ghemme and Lessona produce perfumed and fine boned variations on nebbiolo, here known as spanna and sometimes blended with other local varieties, that were once more famous than Barolo. In the north-east of the region on the border with Switzerland Valtellina Superiore also majors in nebbiolo of excellence, this time within the region of Lombardy. Head south from Valtellina Superiore to the hills around Lago d’Iseo and the méthode traditionelle sparkling wines of Franciacorta are made from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot bianco grapes. Throughout Lombardy still wines are made from an assortment of varieties in several different appellations without any making a stand as the focal point of regional production. Perhaps the closest to achieving such recognition, besides the increasingly well-known Franciacorta, is Lugana just south of Lake Garda where turbiano (aka verdicchio) can produce some excellent, fragrant whites on a flat glacial plain where the lake acts as a moderator of temperatures, cooling the air with its breezes. Liguria, famed more for its picturesque and exclusive Riviera resorts than its wines, runs in a strip from the French frontier to the border with Tuscany. Vineyards are small and fragmented due to the rugged terrain as the Ligurian Appenines finally curl and dip towards the sea and because of this Liguria’s production is tiny, if interesting. Vermentino, rossese, sangiovese and dolcetto are all grown but the most famous wine, oft seen by the tourists who consume most of it, is Cinque Terre made from bosco with either vermentino or albarola blended in.Finally, the wines of Colli Piacentini, Oltrepo Pavese and Gutturnio close to the city of Piacenza on the edge of the Emilia-Romagna, if chosen carefully, can provide much pleasure with wines made from barbera, bonarda and a number of international varieties. However, much of the crop and the wines made here are destined for spumante producers or blenders based elsewhere.
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