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Wine Advocate, November 2020,
Native to Verduno in Piedmont, the grape typically shows a strong layer of freshly milled white pepper. That's exactly what you get here! Orange peel, spice, dried cherry and mint are nicely lifted with pretty, savoury Pelaverga notes that linger in the background. It's such a treat to taste this wine, and I always look forward to these samples. You'll also get a kick out of the Fratelli Alessandria 2019 Verduno Pelaverga Speziale. The wine pours from the bottle with a ruby-pink color that almost matches the electric-pink color seen on the bottle capsule. The bouquet is focused predominately on those very indigenous smells of white pepper that are so distinctive to the Pelaverga grape. The mouthfeel is lean, clean and streamlined, but no matter: the enormous personality you get on the nose makes up for that thinness. You could drink this red wine as you would a white or rosé, pairing it with a summery dish such as an insalata caprese. Some 22,000 bottles were produced.
In the small medieval village of Verduno lies the historic Fratelli Alessandria cellar. The family has tended vines in the region since the beginning of the 19th century and today their 12 hectares stretch over some of the best crus in Verduno and also Monforte. This is a true family affair, Gian Battista Alessandria and his wife Flavia tend to the vines while his brother Alessandro and his son Vittore are in the winery. Together, they craft high-quality artisanal wines from the Nebbiolo grape variety but also from some Dolcetto, Barbera and the little-known Pelaverga variety. The Barolos from the village of Verduno are highly distinct and can be lighter, lacier and more elegant than those from other villages.
Piedmont is located in the north western corner of Italy. Though several grape varieties are prominent such as Dolcetto, Barbera and Moscato, it is Nebbiolo that reigns supreme. It produces wines that are not particularly deep in colour, yet they are perfumed, powerful and can age for many years. Due to the ethereal nature of the Nebbiolo grape and the numerous single vineyard wines, many compare top examples to grand cru Burgundies of the Côte de Nuits.Mountainous, its vineyards are cut into the hillsides forming terraces reminiscent of the Mosel Valley in Germany and the northern Rhone Valley in France. The two most notable appellations are Barolo and Barbaresco.