Stop in tonight and warm up with some great Italian wines. We're sampling three great wines from Piemonte, Italy:
Just read these personal observations from the importer, Nick Mucci:
Nestled inside a valley, once inhabited by the ocean eons ago in the Roero region of Piemonte, Negro Lorenzo represents Italian wine making to me. Lorenzo is a young guy like myself, he does have a few years on me (don’t tell him I said that) but is one of the most hard working wine makers I’ve ever met. Every time we get together I am reminded of all the hard work I will have to do to establish my own business. I am also reminded that as romantic as wine can be there is a lot of struggle involved, particularly when you are trying to build a brand.
Negro Lorenzo is located in Monteu Roero, in the Langhe region, north of Alba and the famous Barolo/Barbaresco territory. Roero is a territory that is unlike in Asti or Barolo in that it is jagged and rough around the edges.
The winery overlooks a valley where you can clearly see where the ocean once receded as it is cut out like a knife and has left an ever-lasting impression on the territory.
At Negro Lorenzo, they have been making wine for over a hundred years. In fact Lorenzo’s grandfather, Lorenzo, and his two brothers carted wine from where today’s winery stands to Turin and Cuneo to sell at the local markets. In the last ten years however, Lorenzo has recently decided to bring this production to another level and he created Negro Lorenzo.
The sandy soil, which create more elegant wines compared to the surrounding zones, are full of fossils, which Lorenzo choose to be the symbol of his winery. The fossils are apparent inside the cantina as well, where the wines are aged. Fossils are part of the actual foundation for the building and a constant reminder of the history of this land.
With each visit, a glass of wine is always enjoyed overlooking the Roero on the patio. This is followed by a coffee made by Lorenzo’s mother who always reminds Lorenzo of his roots and photos of his childhood are shared. A drive around the area to see the chestnut trees, peaches, apricots and plums is always important to understand the diversity here and the incredible flavors each wine possesses.