Coutandin, Ramie
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Coutandin, Ramie - 2019

Item # 36428 750mL

Made from a blend of nearly forgotten Piedmontese grapes (Avana, Chatus, Bequet, Avarengo) this stunning red wine is a labor of love for winemaker Daniele Coutandin. The vines grow on incredibly steep slopes and make this delicious wine full of dark fruit and structured tannins.

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Tannic structure can be tricky to understand when learning about wine. Different grape varieties provide unique sensations on the palate ranging from soft and sandy to chunky or gravelly. Tannins adhere to proteins in the mouth and can be felt on the teeth, gums, or tongue. Just when I thought I had strong grasp of the grapes of Piedmont this blend appeared, containing four grapes with which I was unfamiliar. Of course it intrigued me and I had to take it home. It's a delightful wine — juicier than expected, with very compact, tiny tannins that gather on the center of tongue and travel straight down the center...a unique sensation indeed. I recommend trying it to see if the effects are the same for you.




The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles:...

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