On the Road with the Grape Guy

Piccini Visit and Wines Reviewed

25 Apr 2017

Piccini really knows how to host a tasting:  1) show someone around; 2) taste many barrels from upcoming vintages; 3) open everything you’ve got, shut up and wait for questions.  I sat down with Camelia Lazar (Communications Manager / my translator) and winemaker Santo Gozzo, who is one of the humblest winemakers I have ever had the pleasure to sit across the table from, he actually lets the wines speak for themselves before adding his thoughts into the mix, but his comments always seem to come with a “but-what-do-I-know” shrug. Santo Gozzo - winemaker

Turns out Piccini is one of the big guns in Tuscan winemaking, but they are very quiet about it, preferring instead to take the lead of their  winemaker and letting the wines speak for them.  When it comes to Brunello they are one of the biggest producers, but for the best quality you must look to their single estate Villa al Cortile line, which is what we tasted today, from 2015 all the way back to 2010; plus two very special wines from their “volcanic” series – born in the south of Italy …

Piccini 2014 Rosso di Montalcino
Piccini 2015 Rosso di Montalcino

Piccini 2011 Brunello di Montalcino, Villa al Cortile
Piccini 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, Villa al Cortile

Piccini 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Villa al Cortile
Piccini 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Villa al Cortile

(Click on the wine name to read the full review)


Volcanic Series wines …

 

Torre Mora 2013 Etna Rosso (Piccini)
Regio Cantina 2012 Genesi (Piccini)

 

 

 

 

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