REGION: Piedmont, Italy
One of the great Italian wine-making regions, the Piedmont has long been associated with huge, age-worthy wines in the style of the best of Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Bordeaux in France. This is still both true, and yet changing: most wines from this region need time (a lot of it) to soften and become more approachable. Michele Reverdito's first vintage was in 2000: until that year, his father had always sold his grapes to neighbours – he considered himself a farmer and not a winemaker. He vastly changed the production too: gone were the small French barrels which imparted all that oak, and in were much larger "tonneau" and stainless steel to focus on the fruit.