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This hillside vineyard takes its name from the historic San Lorenzo church located on the hilltop. During the great plague, this church was home to those who were afflicted. The San Lorenzo vineyard soil composition is predominately sand and silt resulting perennially in ripe and complex fruit. This elegant Dolcetto screams for light meat and pasta dishes.
Brezza was founded in 1885 making it one of the very first commercially available Barolos. The family link to this region is as strong as they come. Giuseppe Rinaldi is the cousin of Bartolo Mascarello who is the cousin to the Brezza family. Bartolo was Enzo’s godfather. Like his cousins, Enzo produces traditional-style Barolo, wines of great finesse showing the characteristics of his vineyards’ soils.
Piedmont is the most "Frenchified" of all Italian wine regions. The long valleys of the Alpine foothills lead to easier travel to France's southern coast and inland than to the rest of Italy. It is perhaps for this reason that the Piedmontese have long practiced the most refined wine traditions of any Italian region. Terroir-based wisdom trickled down from early French masters (monks, typically) to this area.
Known mostly for their reds (but producing some excellent whites,) from the early ripening Dolcetto grape to the lofty, deep reds of Barolo and Barbaresco crafted from the Nebbiolo grape, these wines are clearly crafted using centuries of terroir-based winemaking.