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Piedmont

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Piedmont is the home of great Nebbiolo from Barolo and Barbaresco, but don't overlook the Barbera and Dolcetto, not to mention the Moscato, Arneis and Cortese! Which is to say that these beautiful rolling hills produce a great variety of delicious wines, many of which wine drinkers in Canada might not be familiar with. Marquis is here to help, with a wide selection of wines from Italy's northwest.

Vietti 2017 Nebbiolo Perbacco 750ml

$54.70

The 2017 Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco is silky, perfumed and pretty. Sweet floral notes, mint, chalk and sweet red berry fruit are all laced together in this very pretty, inviting wine. Pliant and racy, the Perbacco is a terrific introduction to the Vietti...

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Michele Chiarlo 2018 Gavi Le Marne 750ml

$26.00

This fragrant white offers aromas of yellow stone fruit, grilled herb, bread dough and a whiff of white rose. It's elegant and linear, evoking grapefruit, apricot, mature yellow apple and a hint of saline alongside fresh acidity. Score: 90 points --...

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Pio Cesare 2018 Gavi 750ml

$39.04

Always an outstanding Gavi with lemon, pear and citrus aromas and flavors. Medium body. Creamy and dense. Fresh finish. Score: 91 points -- James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

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Paolo Scavino 2017 Langhe Nebbiolo 750ml

$46.00

The 2017 Langhe Nebbiolo shows the natural raciness of the vintage while retaining a good bit of aromatic lift. Sweet dried cherry, spice, crushed flowers, mint and pine all grace the 2017 with lovely shades of nuance. Medium in body and gracious, the...

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Pelissero 2015 Langhe Rosso Long Now 750ml

$73.82

The 2015 Long Now is a real stunner. A wine of pure breadth and power, the 2015 shows Long Now at its very best, with the pedigree and textural intensity of the Barbera really driving the wine. Ample and beautifully resonant on the palate, the 2015 has...

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Piero Marrone 2017 Barbera d'Alba "Carlot" 750ml

$32.95

Despite the high alcohol, this is lean and spicy on the nose, with cranberry as well as cherry aromas – refreshing after so many beefy, powerful wines. Juicy and fresh on the attack, this is slightly sweet but it shows more freshness than most...

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Azelia 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo 750ml

$47.74

The 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo is a fresh, perfumed wine with plenty of near-term appeal. Vinification and aging in steel results in a delicate, fragrant Nebbiolo that builds on freshness.  -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 2017

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Matteo Correggia 2016 Barbera d'Alba 750ml

$37.30

A contemporary style, this red offers aromas of cinnamon and vanilla, following up with black cherry, violet and iron flavors. Balanced and firm. Drink now through 2023. Score: 89 points -- BS, Wine Spectator, 2018

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Matteo Correggia 2017 Roero 750ml

$39.91

It has a noble and sincere character with aromas of violets and spring flowers like the sensation of a breathless run in flowering fields in our childhood. Its taste is a charming dance between the full character of Nebbiolo and the delicate elegance...

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Burlotto 2017 Barbera d'Alba Aves 750ml

$46.00

The 2015 Barbera d'Alba Aves, Burlotto's top Barbera, is laced richer and darker than the straight bottling, but the differences are more stylistic rather than qualitative. Black cherry, plum, smoke, mocha and new leather infuse the racy, voluptuous...

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Elio Grasso 2018 'Educato' Chardonnay Langhe 750ml

$51.21

In 1985, Elio Grasso planted these Chardonnay vines, and the first vintage came out in 1990. Fermented partly in wood and partly in steel, the 2017 Langhe Chardonnay Educato has some great freshness, very intentionally, as they harvested in the first few...

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Massolino 2016 Moscato d’Asti DOCG 750ml

$36.80

A creamy, lively Moscato, with hints of candied coconut and Thai basil accenting the baked melon and lemon parfait flavors. Well-balanced. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. — AN Score: 88 points -- Wine Spectator, 2018

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Elio Grasso 2013 Barolo Runcot Riserva 750ml

$382.52

If any Italian wine from this decade can undeniably be called a reserve, it is the 2013 Barolo Riserva Rüncot. This wine was not made in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017 nor 2018. (The 2013 vintage will be released commercially in February of 2020, and this...

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