We love Valpolicella. The wine region in the hills north of Verona is home to some of the best wines in Italy. Piccoli stands out. First and most importantly, because of their amazing wines, made ‘without compromises or shortcuts’, as the founder Daniela Piccoli says. Second, there is the glorious location on Monte La Parte with a modern winery cut into the rock. Third, we love the fact that, in a largely male-dominated industry, Piccoli is run by three wonderful women.
Why we love this wine
We tasted this back in May 2016 when we visited the winery and fell instantly in love with this outstanding wine. The grapes spent four months in the drying room and the wine spent five years in oak botti and a year bottle before being released. You can drink it now but it has plenty of structure and richness if you want to let it mature for another few years.
Why you’ll love this wine
We loved the concentrated aromas of dried figs, cherry, kirsch, chocolate and liquorice. The alcohol is perfectly balanced by these concentrated flavours and ripe, medium tannins so that it is lush and elegant. Mirela thought it would go perfectly with glazed duck but you can also sip it after dinner like a Port. It’s a philosophical wine to be savoured.
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