On the Road with the Grape Guy25 Apr 2017
- Category: On the Road with the Grape Guy
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.
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 …
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Volcanic Series wines …