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Goggiano ‘Brunot’ Grignolino d’Asti 2018
Grignolino, a local variety from Monferrato in the Piedmont wine region, is commonly made into light-colored, low-alcohol, aromatic, and easy-drinking wine. I’ve tasted several examples of Grignolino from Piedmont and also from Heitz Cellar in Napa Valley; all of them fit into the same classic profile: nice and joyful wine with something missing in the mid-palate, and then the astringent and firm tannins kick in in a surprising way.
The Grignolino d’Asti made by Goggiano Winery is arguably one of the best examples of Grignolino. Goggiano is a family winery that works with 20 hectares and produces about 100,000 bottles every year. The Grignolino (and its Ruché comes a close second) might be the most memorable wine in the Goggiano’s portfolio.
Named after the man who manages the vineyard, there is nothing more that I want from Goggiano ‘Brunot’ Grignolino d’Asti 2018. The nose is Pinot Noir-like but with a strong floral aspect: redcurrant, red cherry, and blueberry, underlined by fresh garden herbs, rose, and hyacinth. On the palate, it has more mid-palate expression than the other Grignolino wines I’ve tried. The palate’s lives up enough to to the nose’s intensity. The tannins are controlled: not dry, not flavorful, just there to deliver a refreshingly clean finish. The wine is balanced and drinks well at 13.5% alcohol with lots of fruit quality. The finish is short but exits on a light-footed note.
This wine would be absolutely fitting on a warm summer afternoon.
The local retail price is 8 euros.
Food pairing advice: Go for a salty and savory pastry that can lend broadness to the wine’s mid-palate.
Score: 90/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the WINE RATING page.)
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