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The Grignolino Grape


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About Grignolino

(Synonyms: Barbesino, Barbisino, Berbesino.)

Background

Map showing the Piedmont region of Italy.

Grignolino is a red-wine grape originating in the Piedmont region of Italy, and dates back to, at the very least, the 1200s. Once widely grown across that region, Grignolino is nowadays mainly produced in the hills around Asti and Alessandra provinces; the chief DOCs are Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese, Grignolino d’Asti, and Piemonte Grignolino, the Grignolino of first of those being the most respected. The variety is also grown in a few other locales in Italy and also in the U.S.—famously, by one winery in Napa (Heitz) reknowned for its proprietor’s six-decade dedication to the grape.

Grignolino wines are most noted for three things: their extraordinarily pale color (looking more like a rosé or even an “orange wine”; their extraordinarily dense tannins—the latter a consequence of the grape’s unusually high density of seeds (3 to 4 times that of any other wine grape); and their extraordinarily high acidity. Besides those qualities, the wines tend to be light on alcohol and to possess a floral/herbal tone sometimes called “Alpine”. They are typically best consumed young, but their tannin content often allows them to withstand significant bottle aging.

Factoid: The king of Italy, when he was housed in Torino, used to have Grignolino on his table before Barolo was “invented”.

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Some Descriptions of Grignolino Wines

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Some Grignolinos to Try

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Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Grignolino
(Grignolino d’Asti)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Braida “Limonte”
(Grignolino d’Asti)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Valpane “Euli” Grignolino
(Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Castello di Neive Grignolino
(Piemonte Grignolino)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Grignolino wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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