Part III of Our New Arrivals from Italy
While Piedmont is ruled by a handful of elite producers consistently producing superstar collectibles that fetch $100s a bottle, therein lie a few select, secret wineries that connoisseurs and collectors latch onto for superb value. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate highlights Piazzo as that “producer to turn to when looking for value buys from Barolo” and Forbes echoes; “this is a little known producer in a small hamlet of the Barbaresco production zone… and their Barolo is excellent.”According to Decanter, “you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value amongst Barolo’s 2015s than this.”
And what a vintage 2015 is! James Sucking is spot on; “The full capability of the Nebbiolo grape’s expressive nature is alive in Barolo 2015 and it is a vintage to really celebrate. In general, the wines are exuberantly fragrant and show fresh clear fruit on the nose with abundant aromatic complexity. Structurally they are rich in ripe, fine and powerful tannins. They are toned, muscular and athletic, coupled with freshness, a keen sense of focus, great length, and an astute balance. These wines also have the great fortune of offering instant appeal as well as more in-depth attraction, which is the hallmark of a truly great vintage. These wines will satisfy both the experienced palate and educated connoisseur. They are also very expressive and show strong typicity by communes and also single vineyards. But if there was one attribute to single out, it is the way in which these wines combine power with elegance. They are thrilling to taste.”
As for OUR 2015, this smashing bottling from Piazzo, here’s what the press had to say:
Decanter Magazine: Spicy, complex with hints of liquorice, tar, cherries and dried strawberries. Good length. Awarded a Silver medal in the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.
Everyday Low Price (Thanks to Direct Importing) – $37.99