Piazzo Comm. Armando Italian Barolo // Set of 2
The story of the Piazzo winery began in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, a small outlying district of the town of Alba, in the 1960s. Two newlyweds from families of vignerons, Armando Piazzo and Gemma Veglia, decided together to carry on their family traditions by investing in a special terroir - the Langhe - which at the time was not yet renowned for its premium foods and wines. As a matter of fact, when the farming community was hit with hard times following the Second World War, the Langhe were called Fenoglio’s “La Malora,” or the ruins, and were thought of somewhere to escape from. For the Piazzos however, this was all the motivation they needed to start their own business.
Their foresight then led them to invest in the varietal which today produces some of the most highly-prized wines in the world: Nebbiolo. Over the course of the years, many plots of land were purchased and converted for the growing of the varietal. Then in 1979 the first wine was made from the grapes they had placed so much faith in, and three years later it was to bear the name Barbaresco.
When their daughter Marina and her husband Franco joined Armando and Gemma in the business, they fell in love with this wonderful venture which was gradually becoming more established, and with their enthusiasm improvements were made that culminated in 1985 with the release of their first Barolo: another source of pride for the Piazzo family. Along with the cellar’s reputation, the estate also grew in size. Today the vineyards extend over more than 70 hectares, mostly located near the winery itself, but some in other municipalities: Mango, Neviglie, Guarene and Novello.
In 2007 the running of the estate was handed over once-and-for-all to Marina, and she and Franco set out to follow in her parents’ footsteps. Shortly afterwards, their sons Simone and Marco also joined the business after completing their studies at the “Umberto I” wine high school in Alba, and they began to add innovative ideas and techniques to the experience of the preceding generations. This resulted in the Piazzo philosophy: look to the future, while keeping your feet firmly rooted in tradition by producing wines that are its most authentic expression.
This Barolo is produced every year from grapes harvested on plots in the village of Novello. Their lush quality is encapsulated in a bold, compact, ruby red color with garnet highlights tending to orange, heralding the wine’s great ageing potential in the bottle. Its intense, expansive bouquet shows jam, prunes and cherries in alcohol, along with the spicy aromas of cinnamon, vanilla and tar.
The roundness of its flavor shows in great structure and a long and warm aromatic finish, with intriguing tannins completely filling the mouth. This Barolo is at its very best enjoyed with mains, such as braised red meat, and medium-aged and mature cheeses.
— 2015 Piazzo Comm. Armando Barolo, Italy – 2 Bottles
— Blend: 100% Nebbiolo
— Appellation: Piemonte, Italy
— Vineyards: Various, Located On The Hills Of The Village Of Novello
— Barrel Regime: 18 Months, Partly In Big Oak Casks And Partly In Barriques, Several Months Follow In Bottles Stored Horizontally In Underground Cellars
— Alcohol: 14%
— 94 points, Decanter
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