Italian Wines: Giribaldi

Azienda Mario Giribaldi believes that the excellence of the quality of the products should not only surpass the expectations of the customer, but also exceed their imagination about what Piedmont is as a land of dreams. The winery, Azienda Mario Giribaldi, was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, and has been farmed by the same family for three generations. Strong ties to the land helped the family overcome the hard times during and between wars. Passion for the agricultural process, for the hard work involved and the resultant wines is a tradition. The winery has always continued to improve the land and has used technology to make a better product.

What has not changed in three generations is the fortunate location of the winery in the heart of the Langhe region. It is extraordinary wine growing land, but above all, a land of culture and traditions. The character of this land and its people is expressed in the wines of this area, how the wine carries on tradition by pleasing those who drink it with family and friends.

Some of the main objectives of this century for Giribaldi are to better the quality of the grapes through a selection of clones that produce better wine in the vineyards; to do more ‘biological’ farming using less chemicals, more earth-friendly maintenance and fertilization, and to leave a healthier vineyard. This is something that benefits the consumer as well as the environment. More consumers want to connect a healthier lifestyle with healthier foods and be more conscious of the environmental impact of the products they purchase.

The Azienda Mario Giribaldi is an ambassador for the Langhe region, communicating the image of their culture, sending out to the world wines that express a connection to the soil, to the people who cultivate the vines and make the wines, to honoring the earth from which all these come.

  • Winemaker's Select White Blend

    This wine is made from 80% of Gavi’s Cortese and 20% Chardonnay. The wine shows the delicacy of the Cortese, like a Gavi, but has a touch more body and length due to the expression of the Chardonnay in the blend. It shows red and yellow apple aromas with a hint of almond, with the same flavors on the palate, yielding to a hint of lemon at the finish that marries the fruit of the wine with the long, crisp finish. Refreshing enough to drink by itself or with appetizers, it marries with all sorts of light foods and light-colored meats and fish.

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    • Winemaker's Select Red Blend

      Made from Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, this wine is an expression of the supple fruity characters of these grapes. A dark garnet, this wine shows aromas of violets, cherries, and dark red fruits with hints of spice, tobacco, and licorice, continuing to the same flavors on the palate. Although the tannins are soft, they give enough length to let you know this isn’t any ordinary wine. Drink with light meats, sausages, pasta with tomato sauce or tomato meat sauces.

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      • Barbera D'Alba Caj

        This Barbera comes from the Giribaldi vineyard Caj, in the commune of Alba, a hilly area of 410 meters above sea level, marked by thin marl-calcareous soil facing south-southwest with a permeable, well-drained subsoil. The vineyards are composed exclusively of Barbera.

        The color is an intense ruby red, very expressive fruit on the nose with notes of vanilla and licorice. In the mouth shows structure with dark cherry flavors, spicy notes, and hints of tobacco and vanilla. The low yield of the vines and the accurate attention during the wine making process and refinement, give this Barbera excellent potential for aging, yet maintains the pleasant characteristics which allow the wine to be enjoyed young as well. Drink with red meats, meat-based tomato sauces, sausages, stews.

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        • Dolcetto D'Alba Shiema del Crottino

          This Dolcetto comes from the winery’s vineyard “Schiena del Crottino” in Rodello. This vineyard takes its name from the dialect “crottino”, meaning little cave, one of which sits on this hill. The altitude is 490 meters above sea level, facing south-southwest. The vineyard has a thin marl-calcareous soil on top, resting over a layer of rock which allows an ideal maturation of the grapes. The vineyard is 1.85 hectares (just under 5 acres) and is composed exclusively of Dolcetto with the vines averaging 33 years old.

          It is a wine with an intense ruby red color, with hints of purple. On the nose shows violet aromas, with highlights of ripe cherries and blueberries. Full and structured in the mouth, it none the less shows soft and sweet notes raspberry and blueberry. The low yield of the vine and the scrupulous attention during winemaking yield a Dolcetto of character with both concentration and supple tannins.

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          • Barbaresco

            These grapes come from the vineyard of 0.9 hectares (2.3 acres) in the community of Neive, with an altitude of 350 meters above sea level. The south-facing vineyard has topsoil that varies in composition throughout, with the subsoil being marl-calcareous soil. The vineyard has only Nebbiolo planted. The wine is ruby red in color with attractive cherry, plum and tobacco aromas and flavors. The fruit components get support from dense tannins in this pretty, yet well-toned red, which still needs time for the tannins to soften. The wine, though young, shows harmony with a lingering finish of spice and minerals.

            "Attractive cherry, plum and tobacco aromas and flavors get support from dense tannins in this pretty yet well-toned red, which still needs time for the tannins to soften, but shows harmony and a lingering aftertaste of spice and mineral. Best from 2013 through 2024.100 cases imported." 93 Points, Wine Spectator, December 31, 2011

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