Lazzarito is from the Serralunga commune and is Vietti’s biggest single holding, at 2.5 hectares, however they still only produce 6000 bottles
for the single cru cuvée itself. Along with Villero, this is one of their most concentrated cuvées. The soils are limestone dominated. The 2009
is intense and brooding, offering dark fruit, stone, mineral rock and liquorice spice characteristics. Bold, full-blooded and a little closed but
with all of the elements and material to suggest a very long life.
The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th century, but it was only at the beginning of the 20th century that Vietti started to bottle up its own wines. Patriarch Mario Vietti, started in 1919 with the first Vietti wines and sold most of the production in Italy. Then, in 1952, Alfredo Currado (Luciana Vietti’s husband) continued to produce high quality wines from their own vineyards and purchased grapes. The Vietti winery soon grew to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries
to export its wines to, among others, the USA. Alfredo was one of the first to select and vinify grapes from single vineyards (such as Brunate, Rocche and Villero), a radical concept at the time. The Currados have three children, Emanuela, Elisabetta and Luca involved in production and marketing. The estate now stands at 35 hectares and the cellars are based in Castiglione Falleto. After the fermentation in steel tanks the Barolo is aged for 24 months in large Slavonian oak casks and bottled without filtration. The Cru Barolos undergo the same process in addition to an extra six months’ ageing in smaller oak barriques. These are some of Barolos very best.
Piedmont sitting at the foot of the mountains is justly regarded as one of, if not the finest wine growing region in Italy. The noblest grape found in the region in undoubtedly Nebbiolo, with the DOCG's of Barolo and Barbaresco at the forefront of production. Barbera and Dolcetto come in second and third, and being earlier ripening are often found located on those sides of the hills that receive less sunshine. The wines from Piedmont are intrinsically food friendly wines, a fact understandable given the culinary strength of the area.