2003 Azienda Agricola Bianchi – Sizzano – Sizzano DOC

The Great Unknown

Bianchi LogoThe Piedmont is home to many famous Italian wines – Barolo, Barbaresco, Gavi, Barbera and Ghemme, just to name a few. Sizzano is a rather unknown wine that comes also from the Piedmont. Unlike Barolo, Ghemme, and Barbaresco, Sizzano cannot not be produced with 100% Nebbiolo grapes. Which makes the Sizzano a little bit more unique.

The Sizzano that I tried was a 2003 vintage manufactured by certified-organic winery Azienda Agricola Bianchi. The appeleation Sizzano is named after a small town in the province of Novara. Bianchi has their estate in Sizzano but they also cultivate wine in the surrounding hills (mainly Gattinara and Ghemme).

Since it was a rather spontaneous idea to uncork this wine I did not decant it prior to tasting. Instead I took notes after pouring a glass and after a few hours passed. What do you think? Did the wine develop or not? Continue reading to find out.

Spicy, soft, superb

2003 Azienda Agricola Bianchi - Sizzano - Sizzano DOCSizzano from Azienda Agricola Bianchi has a cuvée of 60% Nebbiolo, 25% Vespolina and 15% Bonarda. The wine aged 24 months in French and Slavonian oak. The label listed Alcohol by volume was 12.5%. Just by looking at the ABV one could tell that this wine differs much from the more well-known Barolo and Barbaresco wines. In the glass the Sizzano had a garnet color with ruby hues..

The wine is classified as Sizzano DOC according to Italian wine appellations.

Cinnamon, pepper and viola stroke my nose first. Followed by red (sour) cherry which throughout the evening developed into an aroma of cherry brandy. Throughout the evening the wine, which turned out to be a little bit closed, offered even more aromas, especially hints of blueberry appeared.

On the palate the Sizzano from Azienda Agricola Bianchi felt still quite “young” considering the wine was now already ten years old which was mostly expressed by the notable acidity. The wine was dry and soft with mellow tannins. I could taste some minerals and red fruits. This Sizzano had a medium body and a very enjoyable, long finish that offered many notes for quite some time.

Dark chocolate goes well together with this wine but of course the wine can be used together with many main dishes.

To buy or not to buy?

Why would I even ask such a question in this case? Of course you should buy this wine! I wrongly assumed that this wine might be a flop before opening it because I wasn’t sure whether the wine can be aged for such a long time. Another reason why I wrongly doubted the wine was that I have not had many good experiences with Sizzano from other wineries. This speaks for the quality wines that Azienda Agricola Bianchi produces.

Now, if you thought that you needed to rub a bank in order to buy this wine then I’m sorry to disappoint you! In Munich the current vintage retails for just 14.50€. A real steal! Let the wine age for some years. Patience pays off : ) Use this wine-searcher link to find a store near you. Hope you enjoyed these tasting notes! I’m looking forward to read your comments.

3.5 / 5 stars      

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11 comments on “2003 Azienda Agricola Bianchi – Sizzano – Sizzano DOC”

  1. talkavino Reply

    Thank you for getting me all excited about great aged wine under $20 – of course it is not available in US…

  2. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    Always a pleasure reading your reviews :- )
    The Sizzano seems great but wine-sercher found no store near me.. What a pity..

  3. Sean P. Reply

    Great! I’ll order a bottle of this wine 🙂
    Poor US guys who can’t buy it hehe 😛

    • vino in love Reply

      Thanks for the kind words, Frank! I’ve had good experiences with small producers like Trabucchi, Azienda Agricola Bianchi or Tenute Loacker but certain larger producers, for example Planeta, please me too 🙂

    • vino in love Reply

      Thank you, Oliver!
      Sizzano is a real steal. I don’t know many other great, aged wines from the Piedmont that sell for under 15€. I hope you’ll find it someday 🙂
      I remember Anatoli saying that the wine is not available in the US..

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