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Coppo Winery with Luigi Coppo, and Fine Nonino Grappas with Francesca Nonino

Peter writes, "Luigi Coppo led us through a tasting of his family’s Piedmont wines. Over the years the Coppo Winery has developed a reputation for being specialists in Barbera. The two we tasted had richness, precision, focus and balance."
October 10, 2018

Last Week's Tasting

Coppo Winery with Luigi Coppo 


He continues,

We began, however with two of their whites. The 2017 Gavi La Rocca showed a beautiful floral aroma with flavors of pear and a zing of lime. Tasters were very happy with this. The 2013 Chardonnay Costebianche was understated in a French style with green apple, just a touch of toasty oak and a lemon accent.

The first red was the 2014 Barbera d’Asti Camp du Rouss. This is textbook Barbera d’Asti with rich plum fruit and a nice touch of spice. We followed this with the 2015 Barbera d’Asti Pomorosso. Pomorosso is sourced from Coppoi’s three best Barbera vineyards and is essentially a Riserva. It was one of the first to be aged in new barriques and it ages very well. Barbera can be on a par with the greatest red wines in the world and Pomorosso proves it.

And speaking of great wines, we then tasted the elegant 2009 Barolo. This is made from vineyards in Castiglione Falletto and his made in traditional fashion. This has Nebbiolo power, spice and balance. We finished with the 2017 Moscato d’Asti. This is the sweet wine Coppo started with and they still do it very well. We would like to thank Luigi for the visit and also the news of exciting new and revival of old projects at the winery. Tasters had a great time.



2016 Gavi La Rocca: Bright straw. Aromas and flavors of flowers, lime, peach, and pear. Nice nutty component in the finish. Very Good Plus 18.99/bottle 17.09/mixed case 16.14/case

2013 Chardonnay Costebianche: Straw yellow. Lemon, vanilla and spice with a buttery component and toasty oak nuances. Very Good Plus 18.99/bottle 17.09/mixed case 16.14/case


2014 Barbera d’Asti Camp du Rouss: Dark ruby red. Ripe red fruit and plum with spicy leather, smoke and herbs. Well structured with soft tannins. Very Good Plus to Excellent 21/bottle 18.90/mixed case 17.85/case

2015 Barbera d’Asti Pomorosso: Dark ruby red. Violets, blackberry and plum with notes of menthol. Elegantly structured with polished tannins and dark spice and espresso in the long finish. Excellent 75/bottle 67.50/mixed case 63.75/case

2009 Barolo: Intense garnet. Roses, cherries and licorice with notes of clove, cinnamon and tobacco Balanced tannins in a very long finish. Excellent  90/bottle 81/mixed case 76.50/case


2015 Moscato d’Asti Moncalvina: Straw yellow with a light green edge. Floral with sweet pear and peach. Lightly sparkling and refreshing. Very Good Plus 14.99/bottle 13.49/mixed case 12.74/case

Any six - 11 bottles of the above for a 10% discount

Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount


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Thursday 5:00 - 7:00

Francesca Nonino's Fine Grappas and Amaro

Francesca was lovely, lively, and passionate about her family's enterprise. Her products were very, very fine and very pure. The Merlot, Moscato, and Chardonnay, grappas were all true to their grapes. The Picolit, a single indigenous Italian variety, was extraordinary; fine and precise. The Amaro Quintessentia was not bitter as its name would imply, but savory and sweet, a tasters' favorite.

The Gioiello is not a grappa, but a distilled honey wine was one of a kind, savory and thick redolent of dry honey with light wood notes. 

We are happy to extend the tasting prices throughout this week. Some are only available by special order. 

Il Merlot $58.99

Il Moscato $58.99

Lo Chardonnay $58.99

Amaro Quintessentia $44.99

Special order only

Gioiello (Honey) 109

Picolit $259

Vendemmia $47.99

Vendemmia Riserva $49.99

Antica Cuvee $116.99


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           - Peter Hemenway