Overview of the Wine
During his seventy-seven years as a winemaker (1850-1927), G.B. Burlotto’s accomplishments were rivaled only by those of Biondi-Santi and Vega Sicilia, as G.B. achieved superstardom in a world dominated by French wines. Today, Burlotto has re-emerged as one of Piemonte’s great small producers, thanks to the brilliant and highly traditional winemaking of G.B.’s great-great-grandson, Fabio Alessandria.
He pioneered selling Barolo in bottle (not cask or demijohn), predating even Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Monfortino. And as official supplier to the Royal House of Savoy—which once ruled Piemonte—he not only achieved personal fame, he made his village of Verduno as renowned as Serralunga or La Morra.
G.B.’s death in 1927 not only took away Burlotto’s driving force, it also deprived Verduno of its greatest champion. And so both faded into obscurity in the decades that followed. But now, with G.B.’s great-great-grandson Fabio Alessandria as winemaker, Burlotto’s star is again rising, reclaiming its position as one of Piedmont’s great small producers.
Pelaverga is a bit of an oddball grape, but it’s a charmer. Found almost exclusively in northern Italy’s Piedmont, it is known for producing light, lively, strawberry-scented wines. It competes for vineyard space with the lauded Nebbiolo and popular Barbera and Dolcetto grapes; as a result, Pelaverga is seen in minute quantities, confined to northern Barolo’s Verduno subregion and western Piedmont’s Colline Saluzzesi. A handful of producers have held onto their Pelaverga vines and produce easy-drinking wines with great value and character.
Grape / Blend
100% of Pelaverga
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The Pelaverga of the Comm. G. B. Burlotto winery is a very special red wine produced with 100% of Pelaverga grapes grown in the area of Verduno, a small village near Alba. With a nice ruby red color, it develops an intense and elegant bouquet, with hints of nutmeg and spices, black pepper and strawberry. Well balanced, dry and persistent in the mouth, this Pelaverga is great to taste with appetizers or pasta courses typical of the Piedmont cuisine, but is also perfect if drunk together with fresh or not seasoned cheeses.
Product size: 750ml