One of Piemonte’s most adored producers, Vietti, was sold last summer. What does that mean for the brand and for the wines of this historic, family-run winery? This week John talks with Elena Penna Currado, wife of wine maker Luca Currado, to discuss the history, sale and to taste the wines of this dynamic and important producer.
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Elena Penna Currado, Vietti
2014, Vietti Barabera D’Asti, Tre Vigne
This ruby red wine starts with aromas of fresh cherry, earthiness, and floral notes. The medium bodies texture gives way to bright fresh cherry flavor with touches of vanilla. The solid tannins are backed up by bright acidity.
2013, Vietti “Perbacco” Nebbiolo
I’ve always been super-excited about this declassified Barolo. This light red wine looks like a classic nebbiolo. The floral smell bursts from the glass revealing red fruit, earthiness, sweet herbs and leather. The elegant mouth-feel reveals flavors of plum and fresh cherry. The gripping tannin and bold acid make this a wine to lay down for another 3-5 years. At this price you’ll be happy you hung onto what’s sure to be a gem. One of the best values from Piemonte, if not all of Italy.
2012 Vietti, Barolo Castiglione
This delicately colored wine jumps out of the glass with rip red cherry, floral aromas and sweet spices. Flavor of slightly sweet cherry and blackberry notes are backed up by bold tannin and bright, long lasting acidity. This wine needs 3-5 years for optimal drinking but is pleasant enough to drink now.