2022 Viognier Marziano Abbona

Grapes Viognier
Colour White
Origin Italy, Piedmont
ABV 14%

Aromatic and gently bold, white flowers and apricot, lovely palate weight, richness, grip and verve, apricot density, spicy undertow, great acid, floral and with a lovely gentle bitterness. L&S (Apr 2024)

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Celso Abbona - was a farmer with great skill and a broad mind. Dolcetto will always be king here - but his infatuation with the great wines of Condrieu led him to start experimenting with Viognier here on his own vineyard. Thank goodness he did, Cinerino (a Blue Heron, so beautifully painted on the label) is a remarkable white. Compact and deftly delineated this Viognier has all the complexity and intrigue of a top white from the slopes of the northern Rhone, delivered with such restraint and finesse. Peach, hay, lemon and grapefruit all dance across the palate. Bright and pleasing with great matter, its no wonder that all Piedmont winemakers hunt this out if they want something white and local to drink. 'Best in Class!'.L&S (Nov 2023)

Marziano Abbona

The Abbona vineyards were first established in the early part of the 20th Century by Marziano and Celso Abbona (father and son) just outside the town of Dolgliani. Famed for it's Dolcetto, it was Celso who first planted the Bricco Doriolo vineyard in the 1950's and it is from here that the estate's flagship wine 'Papá Celso' derives. Rightly heralded as one of Piedmont's greatest Dolcettos, it is wine of elegance, power and harmony, a wine that can age gracefully for many years.

In the mid-sixties the estate passed to Celso's sons Marziano and Enrico and they worked tirelessly to further establish the reputation of their local Dolcetto and bottled the first wines under the family name. In the early 1980's they added holdings in the prestigious Cru's of Barolo Ravera (Novello) and Bricco Barone and Rinaldi (Monforte d'Alba).

Following the untimely death of Enrico in 1999, Marziano's daughter Mara joined the family business and the estate continued it's acquisitions of Barolo vineyards with plots in Pressenda (Monforte d'Alba) and Cerviano (Novello). It was also a time when Marziano was experimenting with a new white wine, Cinerino, made from Viognier, as he had enjoyed great Condrieu and wanted to see if they could replicate the wines in the hills of Dolgliani. Today it has become something of celebrity and is found in restaurants throughout Piedmont.

2007 commemorated the 30th vintage of the Papá Celso Dolcetto and the following year Marziano's youngest daughter Chiara joined the business.

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