Nice minerality and floral tones on the nose. Peach and a touch of freshly peeled orange rind. Nicely balanced and harmonious. I was left to drink the bottle alone - the wife couldn't take another sip. Opening this confirms that wines with any sweetness aren't her cup of tea.
Drank side by side with the 1999 Rocche. Reputedly the Lazzarito has a more modern style than the Rocche and Brunate. This may be true, but in a good way, meaning slightly more voluptuous, adding a extra layer of depth. I haven't found the oak tones to be any different than the Rocche and Brunate of the same year. As with many producers, Vietti dialed back the use of new oak barriques into the 2000s.
This wine was definitely in the zone, and drinking better than the bottle I had in 2014. Seamless and integrated, with excellent balance of fruit and earthy elements, working in harmony. On this evening, the Lazzarito outperforms the Rocche. A beautiful wine.
4/15/2013 4:06:00 PM - I remember seeing your ID on a number of the more interesting traditionalist wines. I was doing some homework on Tenuta delle Terre Nerre Etna rosso before buying. When I saw your review on that wine and reference to Cappellano's Pie Franco, I figured we must have similar preferences in obscure wines. Pie Franco is magic.
Looking forward to trying the Terre Nerre!
BTW - Hoya Saxa! MBA '14 . What was your class?
1/15/2013 10:43:00 AM - I confess, I'm really disorganized. Only got the gumption to sign up here in Dec 2012. Entering some of my old notes of more notable wines and tastings only now. I should have a better handle of what I have, but I need to set aside some time to do it. Maybe I'll get there.