The Original Woman Owned Business
THE ORIGINAL WOMAN OWNED BUSINESS - Piccoli Wines
“Nature e Passione… per emozionare” (Nature and Passion lead to Emotion)
That Veronica Tommasini of Piccoli Wines is a third-generation wine maker in Valpolicella is not remarkable, but that she is following her grandmother and mother in the vineyard truly is. Located in an old quarry in the hills of Valpolicella just outside of Verona, Piccoli was established in the 1960’s by Veronica’s grandmother. This boutique vineyard has been producing the lustrous Amarone, and delicate Valpolicella utilizing the natural advantages of the Valpolicella hills. The winery itself is built into an old quarry with the drying room and crushing located at the top of the building. This allows Piccoli to utilize gravity to transfer the grape must to the tanks and barrels in the cellar. This gravity style method reduces the introduction of oxygen during the transfer, reducing uncontrolled fermentation that gives character to these unique wines.
Easily recognized by the beautiful label designed by Veronica, the three roses represent the three generations of women who have crafted these wines over 60 years. Piccoli’s 2011 "Monte La Parte" Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva has an explosive nose of cherry, plum and blackberry. Its ruby red color leads to a harmonious round rich palate that finishes with softness. This wine spends five years in French oak followed by one year in the bottle before release- a meditation wine.
On the palate you will find the red berries, elegant tannins that is well structured. This wine pairs well with red meat and game as well as cured meats and aged cheeses.
"Rocolo", Piccoli’s Valpolicella Superiore wine, is aged three years in French Oak and six months in the bottle before release. The ruby color has purple tints, and the complex floral notes and wood berries will evolve to eucalyptus and balsamic. The soft and balanced palate will leave a fruity sensation of cherry and raspberry for a persistent and elegant finale.
"Caparbio" is Piccoli’s Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, where the Valpolicella wine is “passed” over the Amarone skins for about ten to twenty days. The wine is then aged for two years in French oak and six months in the bottle before release. The intense ruby color with purple reflections has a very floral redberries nose of raspberry and blackberry. On the palate you will find an elegant, smooth and very fruity well-balanced wine with soft tannins and a spicy touch. This wine is of medium structure and will pair well with the whole meals but try it with risotto or savory dishes.