Drink Distinct: Wines & Producers

Barolo: Long Live(d) the King

Caterina & Alberto Burzi in the vines planted by their grandfather

The 2013 Alberto Burzi Barolo Capalot is a single vineyard masterpiece from 80-year old vines. Burzi innovates but never strays far from the traditional winemaking strategies of the region.

Barolo, known as the King of Italian wines has a long and storied history. Some Nebbiolo growers in Piedmont started before Italy was a unified country.

So, finding an estate launched less than 10 years ago by a brother and sister who, combined might be younger than me, is...surprising. Finding one that handcrafts gorgeous yet delicate wines is a miracle.

This is not an inexpensive wine but single vineyard old vine Barolo never is. The math is simple, old vines produce less (but more concentrated) fruit so less wine can be made. But the complexity of old vine grapes, in this case, is amazing.

We are just as excited about Burzi's 2016 Barbera D'Alba Plaustra. Also a single vineyard and while this Barbera offers plenty of intrigue, it is mostly about pure pleasure. It also is incredibly versatile at the dinner table. Be careful, the bottle may be empty faster than you realize!

Get to know the wines of Burzi. The enthusiasm and dedication of the young winemakers is a joy you can taste in their wines.

Alberto Burzi Barolo Capalot 2013
Alberto Burzi Barbera D’Alba Plaustra 2016