2018 Paola Sordo, Verduno Pelaverga DOC, Piedmont

2018 Paola Sordo, Verduno Pelaverga DOC, Piedmont

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Like Schiava in Alto Adige, Pelaverga di Verduno is a rising star in Piemonte, rediscovered by wine lovers as an alternative to dark-colored, overripe black fruited wines from international grapes.

Pelaverga di Verduno is exclusively grown in and around the commune of Verduno in Barolo. The overall planting of this grape is less than 20 ha, compared with the 6000 ha of Nebbiolo in the entire Italy.

Light and bright ruby in color, Sordo's version of Pelaverga di Verduno was filled with flavours of red cherries, cranberries, and Italian herbs. The palate was fruity but astringently bitter and peppery, finished with refreshing tannins.

Best served lightly chilled, and with steak tartare (Carne Cruda, Fassona beef), grilled sausages, and tuna based dishes like tuna sashimi or the classic Tonello Vitello!

Grape: Pelaverga