Petterino owns just 2 ½ hectares of vineyards amongst seven parcels, but the location couldn’t be any more perfect, sprinkled out on the three top crus – all of them southwest facing – Permolone, Castelle and Guardie. The three vineyards are akin to the 1927 Yankees lineup, about as complete (and as rare) as it gets in Piedmont.
They only release the wines when they feel the wines are ready, often not in vintage order. From among two dozen or so vessels (they use a mixture) they select the top few for this (yellow label) riserva bottling – only in years that are deemed exceptional.
2016 happens to be one of the highest rated ever (98pts, Wine Spectator) so it was no surprise that this year’s made the cut. The 2016 Riserva which was just released, is an intense version steeped in complex layers of flavor. It’s compact and well built with a touch of leather that compliments dark cherries, fresh licorice and a hint of cocoa all framed on a mineral backbone.