Wines to Seek Out
There is an impressive array of wines at Vietti: 18 in total at last check, and none of them are duds. I’ve been tasting these wines for many years, yet these ones stand out to me as most indicative of the Vietti spirit.
Vietti Roero Arneis
Bursting with stone-fruit aromas and a rounded, supple texture, Vietti’s Roero Arneis is a consistent crowd-pleaser. The recent 2018 vintage was the best version I’ve tried in my years tasting this wine.
Vietti Derthona Colli Tortonesi Timorasso
The most complex and thrilling white wines in Piedmont come from Timorasso, and there is significant investment being made in its future by the Currados and many others. From a winemaking standpoint, it requires a ton of patience and focus, and the Currados had to start all over several times to get a Timorasso that they were proud of. Their patience paid off with this high-acid wine which impresses with aromatic acrobatics and its ability to be even more compelling on a second night.
Vietti La Crena Barbera d’Asti
Vietti’s Scarrone is its most famous Barbera, undoubtedly because of its story (see above), but I am partial to La Crena, which is more fruit-forward yet equally harmonious. At times, the aromas seem like autumn in a bottle. A dazzling, but powerful wine that frequently clocks in at 15% ABV.
Vietti “Perbacco” Langhe Nebbiolo
One could argue that Perbacco is the ideal “first taste” of Nebbiolo for newcomers to this grape. Essentially a declassified Barolo, it has all the key traits — earthiness, dark fruit, fine tannins — but for only $20.
Vietti “Castiglione” Barolo
Another superb value can be found in Vietti’s Barolo classico, a blend of different terroir from around the Barolo DOCG appellation. Taunt and dialed-in, Castiglione doesn’t so much straddle the fence of traditional versus modern winemaking techniques (or Tortonian versus Serravallian soils) as it does walk a highwire between all of them.
Vietti Ravera Barolo
Vietti’s single-vineyard Barolo wines are among the most sought-after in Italy, and they routinely fetch $200/bottle. What’s compelling about their collection is that they have a stake in several dramatically different areas, so if you can afford a comparison tasting of these wines, do it: you will see Barolo in a whole new light. That said, the one wine that stands out to me for its unprecedented depth is Ravera — a spectacular wine that suggests it would kindly like to outlive us all.