Fratelli Alessandria, "Speziale" Pelaverga 2020
Let’s break it down: Verduno is the commune. Pelaverga is the grape. And Fratelli Alessandria is one of the most respected producers in Verduno, a bucolic, hilly corner of Piedmont in northern Italy.
This is their highly coveted, rarely-seen “Speziale” Pelaverga, recently arrived and already sold out from the importer. We acquired as much as we could (hint: not much) and are so eager to share it with you!
This might just be the most versatile “Swiss Army Knife” wine to deploy at the dinner table. A logic-defying light garnet in the glass, at first glance you might be tricked into assuming it would be a light, casual affair but no – the palate reveals bright cranberry, green tobacco, mesquite, sour red cherries, blood orange and a gritty, smoky, iron minerality. Allow it to open and the pink peppercorn spicy notes really get going, melding into a cavalcade of red and pink flowers and fruits, with tangy acid and nerve, with a sneaky hint of earthy tannins that begs for food and another sip.
If you love Nebbiolo from Barolo or Barbaresco, this is a must-have. And rare it is; there are only about 22 hectares of it growing in all of Piedmont. Fratelli Alessandria is one of the most in-demand producers of Barolo, Chinato, and of course this rare Pelaverga. Expand your palate and Italian repertoire with this limited, stunning wine and you’ll never look back.
Back at the dinner table, there’s almost nothing this wine won’t complement. Tangy goat cheese flatbread with caramelized onions: check. Margherita pizza with Calabrian chilis: check. Grilled flank steak with chimichurri: absolutely. Teriyaki glazed salmon: yes please! Convene a group of six friends, pop some bottles and let the magic happen. Saluti!