We continue with the previews of the winners of the tasting batteries for Gambero Rosso guide Vini d’Italia 2021, today we focus on Piedmont.

The best wines of Piedmont

Despite the extraordinarily difficult circumstances that affected catering and viticulture, Piedmont’s producers showed that they know how to fight. Some, like Flavio Roddolo, postponed bottling, and so you won’t find him in this edition. The results, however, on the whole, are remarkable, and every year it becomes more and more difficult to limit the number of Tre Bicchieri awarded. 2016, hailed as a vintage for the ages for Nebbiolo, lived up to its promise, with no less than 29 wines out of 32 earning recognition. Of these 29 Tre Bicchieri, 25 are Barolos, 2 are Barbarescos and 2 come from Upper Piedmont. The greatness of 2016’s Barolo, widely known, was attested to by some 32 Tre Bicchieri. As quality grows, especially in the most prestigious appellations, our work becomes more and more difficult. With 45 Tre Bicchieri out of a regional total of 75, Nebbiolo continues to reign supreme.

Beyond Nebbiolo: the other cultivars in Piedmont

Fortunately, the spread of lesser known cultivars is also increasing. Tortona’s Timorasso received 2 awards, while in the area of Castagnole Monferrato, Ruché saw its second Tre Bicchieri. Luca Ferraris’s intoxicating Clàsic, which has done so much to relaunch the grape, deserves special praise. Monferrato Casalese’s Grignolino, in the new aged version, maintains its 2 Tre Bicchieri, rewarding the Monferace association that’s leading the project. It’s also worth noting the remarkable performance put in by Piedmont’s bubbly, which saw 4 wines take home golds, including 3 from Alta Langa, a rapidly expanding appellation. 7 wineries earned Tre Bicchieri for the first time—8 if we consider the Barolo Lazzarito ’16 produced by Casa E. di Mirafiore, (which is, in reality, its own business now, having recently broken off from Fontanafredda). That’s almost 10% of the total awarded. Here they are: Socré with their Barbaresco Roncaglie Riserva ’15; Anna Maria Abbona, who holds the Dolcetto flag high with her Dogliani Sorì dij But ’19; La Masera and their Erbaluce di Caluso Anima dAnnata ’17; La Toledana and the Gavi del Comune di Gavi Vigne Rade ’19; Catellari Bergaglio with their notable Gavi Pilin ’14; and finally Luca Ferraris, mentioned above.

Tre Bicchieri 2021

  • Alta Langa Brut Rosé 60 Mesi Ris. ’13 – Colombo – Cascina Pastori
  • Alta Langa Extra Brut Ris. ’15 – Coppo
  • Alta Langa Pas Dosé Zero Ris. ’14 – Enrico Serafino
  • Barbaresco Crichët Pajé ’12 – Roagna
  • Barbaresco Currà ’15 – Sottimano
  • Barbaresco Martinenga Camp Gros Ris. ’15 – Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy
  • Barbaresco Rabajà ’16 – Bruno Rocca
  • Barbaresco Rabajà Ris. ’13 – Giuseppe Cortese
  • Barbaresco Rombone ’16 – Fiorenzo Nada
  • Barbaresco Roncaglie Ris. ’15 – Socré
  • Barbaresco Vallegrande ’17 – Ca’ del Baio
  • Barbera d’Asti Sup. La Luna e i Falò ’18 – Vite Colte
  • Barbera d’Asti Sup. V. La Mandorla ’18 – Luigi Spertino
  • Barbera del M.to Albarola ’16 – Tacchino
  • Barbera del M.to Sup. Cantico della Crosia ’17 – Vicara
  • Barolo ’16 – Bartolo Mascarello
  • Barolo Arborina ’16 – Elio Altare
  • Barolo Bric dël Fiasc ’16 – Paolo Scavino
  • Barolo Brunate ’16 – Giuseppe Rinaldi
  • Barolo Cannubi ’16 – G. B. Burlotto
  • Barolo Cannubi ’16 – Poderi Luigi Einaudi
  • Barolo Castelletto ’16 – Fortemasso
  • Barolo Cerequio ’16 – Michele Chiarlo
  • Barolo Cerretta ’16 – Brandini
  • Barolo Cerretta Luigi Baudana ’16 – G. D. Vajra
  • Barolo del Comune di Castiglione Falletto V. V. ’15 – Cascina Fontana
  • Barolo Falletto V. Le Rocche Ris. ’14 – Bruno Giacosa
  • Barolo Ginestra Ris. ’12 – Paolo Conterno
  • Barolo Lazzarito ’16 – Casa E. di Mirafiore
  • Barolo Liste ’15 – Giacomo Borgogno & Figli
  • Barolo Meriame ’16 – Paolo Manzone
  • Barolo Monfortino Ris. ’14 – Giacomo Conterno
  • Barolo Monprivato ’15 – Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio
  • Barolo Monvigliero ’16 – F.lli Alessandria
  • Barolo Monvigliero ’16 – Bel Colle
  • Barolo Ornato ’16 – Pio Cesare
  • Barolo Parafada ’16 – Massolino – Vigna Rionda
  • Barolo Pressenda ’16 – Abbona
  • Barolo Rive ’16 – Negretti
  • Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata ’16 – Renato Corino
  • Barolo Rocche di Castelletto ’16 – Cascina Chicco
  • Barolo Sottocastello di Novello ’16 – Ca’ Viola
  • Barolo Sperss ’16 – Gaja
  • Barolo Vigna Rionda ’16 – Guido Porro
  • Barolo Vigna Rionda Ester Canale Rosso ’16 – Giovanni Rosso
  • Barolo Villero ’16 – Brovia
  • Barolo Villero Ris. ’13 – Vietti
  • Boca ’16 – Le Piane
  • Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Il Montino ’18 – La Colombera
  • Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Pitasso ’18 – Claudio Mariotto
  • Dogliani Sorì Dij But ’19 – Anna Maria Abbona
  • Erbaluce di Caluso Anima dAnnata ’17 – La Masera
  • Erbaluce di Caluso La Rustìa ’19 – Orsolani
  • Gattinara Osso San Grato Ris. ’16 – Antoniolo
  • Gattinara Ris. ’15 – Giancarlo Travaglini
  • Gavi del Comune di Gavi Minaia ’19 – Nicola Bergaglio
  • Gavi del Comune di Gavi Vigne Rade ’19 – La Toledana
  • Gavi Pilin ’14 – Castellari Bergaglio
  • Grignolino d’Asti Monferace ’15 – Tenuta Santa Caterina
  • Grignolino del M.to Casalese Monferace Bricco del Bosco V. V. ’16 – Giulio Accornero e Figli
  • Marcalberto Pas Dosé Blanc de Blancs M. Cl. – Marcalberto
  • Moscato d’Asti Canelli Sant’Ilario ’19 – Ca’ d’ Gal
  • Moscato d’Asti Casa di Bianca ’19 – Gianni Doglia
  • Nizza La V. dell’Angelo ’17 – Cascina La Barbatella
  • Nizza Ris. ’17 – Tenuta Olim Bauda
  • Nizza Tre Roveri ’18 – Pico Maccario
  • Ovada Convivio ’18 – Gaggino
  • Piemonte Pinot Nero Bricco del Falco ’16 – Isolabella della Croce
  • Roero Sudisfà Ris. ’17 – Angelo Negro
  • Roero Arneis Cecu d’La Biunda ’19 – Monchiero Carbone
  • Roero Arneis Renesio ’19 – Malvirà
  • Roero Arneis Sarun ’19 – Stefanino Costa
  • Roero Mompissano Ris. ’17 – Cascina Ca’ Rossa
  • Ruchè di Castagnole M.to Clàsic ’19 – Luca Ferraris
  • Ruchè di Castagnole M.to Laccento ’19 – Montalbera