Pelaverga "Basadone", Castello di Verduno
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Pelaverga "Basadone", Castello di Verduno - 2018

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Tasting Notes

The castle of Verduno is a historic Piedmontese estate located in Verduno, the northernmost commune of Barolo. This is made from the Pelaverga grape and is a complex red wine full of savory spices and a lively tannin. "Basadone" is dialect for the poppy flower but doubles as a meaning for a "little kiss" as the locals believe that Pelaverga is indeed an aphrodisiac.

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Staff Pick Notes

Verduno, a small commune in the province of Cuneo, might be exactly how you imagine the Langhe, castle perched at the top of the hill and all. Views from the bricco (hilltop in Piedmontese dialect) of Verduno include La Morra and the village of Roddi in the distance. Though nebbiolo certainly grows here, pelaverga is the grape whose heritage is most closely tied to Verduno. Grown locally since the eighteenth pelaverga makes wines light in body, but big in personality. Bright acidity and peppery, floral aromas make this minor grape of the region a real standout in such a small town. Pelaverga shows best at cellar temperature and pairs well with dishes showcasing rabbit or veal, as well as light pastas. It is an Italian wine after all!


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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...

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Growing mostly around Verduno, Italy, it produces reds that are light in color, with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn.

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