Whether you’re well-versed in wines from Piedmont or looking to jump-start your palate with something new, Dezzani is a winery that deserves attention. Their approachable expressions of local grape varieties at everyday prices make them a favorite northwest Italian producer of critics and enthusiasts. Find out how they offer such tremendous value across multiple appellations and vintages.
The History of Dezzani Winery
Luigi Dezzani Sr. founded his grape production business in the commune of Cocconato within the Asti province in 1934. He decided from the outset that passion and family would be integral to the company. Through the 1970s and 80s, his son Romolo assumed control of the firm, promoting Luigi’s vision while initiating upgrades to become a reference point for authentic Piedmontese wines celebrated throughout Italy. Luigi Jr., the third generation, brought their brand to the international market and currently serves as the winemaker.
Present Day at Dezzani Winery
Dezzani’s modern owners are the Rocca family, continuing a five-generation legacy in wine. They have partnered with cooperatives in Monferrato and Langhe comprising hundreds of grape growers and hectares under vine. These strong relationships consistently ensure access to top-quality fruit and, in turn, wines with wonderful typicity. The production includes bottlings under the Dezzani name and those with the Miliasso heading. The latter pays homage to Luigi’s maternal grandfather, Giovanni, a winemaker from Piedmont.
Though the Albarossa crossing was created in 1938, only a handful of producers in Piedmont grew and vinified it — until recently. This medium-bodied 2020 Miliasso bottling displays superb balance among black cherry notes, vibrant acidity, and supple, fine-grained tannins. As a red wine designed for casual enjoyment, it complements a range of dishes, including tagliolini with mushrooms, sausage pizza, or a rustic pot roast.
Barolo, the highest expression of Nebbiolo grapes, often requires significant patience to gain its acquaintance. However, there’s no need to wait for Dezzani’s 2019 Miliasso vintage. It’s a red wine matured in Slavonian oak for 18 months and in bottle for another 20 months before release. Fresh acidity and structured tannins provide the framework for intense red fruit, rose petal, licorice, underbrush, and mineral qualities, with cherry and spice hints echoing through its long finish. Try a glass alongside a wedge of Moliterno al Tartufo cheese or Osso Buco over risotto for an unforgettable meal.
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