Veneto, Italy, WINE

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In Italy's northeast, Veneto straddles the figurative line between the culturally Germanic north and the Roman center and south of the country. It ranks behind Italy's other major wine regions in terms of both geographic area and importance, yet it supercedes them all in terms of production levels. Throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, Veneto has quietly but steadily ramped up its standards of quality, and with that has come an increase in prestige among aficionados and collectors.

The main driver of this qualitative advance has been the Valpolicella sub-region, which offers an array of red wine styles to please just about any palate. While standard Valpolicella DOC wines tend toward the lighter side, as fruity, everyday drinkers, quality conscious winemakers have begun using a variety of methods in the cellar which gave rise to the various stylistic terms now found on many of the region's labels. More selective site sourcing of fruit and restricted yields have helped differentiate Valpolicella Classico from the less geographically distinct, mass production areas of the region. The ripasso and passito winemaking methods have also lent sophistication to the basic blueprint of the wines. The latter of the two is the foundation for the region's greatest wines, those of the Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG. This designation requires the grapes to be dried before pressing, in order to concentrate the sugars, tannins, and phenolics. The results are worlds apart from basic Valpolicella, with heady, dense, almost sweet profiles and the structure to age gracefully for many years. The Valpolicello Ripasso DOCG denotes wines that have undergone a second fermentation in contact with used passito skins, which creates, in effect, a lighter, more approachable Amarone style of wine. Quality can still vary, but in a general sense, these styles have seen nothing but steady improvement over the past two decades or so.

The Veneto is also home to significant white grape cultivation, and the most famous style is arguably the world's most popular sparkling wine for volume consumption. Prosecco was once a catch-all term used liberally all over Italy, but since 2009 the name has been protected by DOC regulations and quality has consequently risen. Three DOCG sub-zones of Prosecco are now recognized, the finest of which, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, produces attractive, refreshing spumante and frizzante wines that offer great enjoyment for the price. Still white wine production in the Veneto is highlighted by the wines of Soave, made from the Garganega grape and perhaps Italy's most famous white wine DOC. As with red Chianti, production volume was such that in order to differentiate quality levels, separate DOCGs were formed with Superiore and Classico representing the apex and middle tiers, respectively.

Veneto has had its fair share of hurdles to overcome, notably indigenous varietals that require some degree of technical manipulation in the cellar, as well as broadly general geographic designations that require tightening. But the region is here to stay, and its recent track record suggests that there are only better things to come down the road.

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This is Righetti s reserve Amarone. Well-balanced with dark fruit flavors, earth and meaty components. Aromas of black cherry and prunes joined by beefy and earthy notes. Moves along the palate nicely with a mix of dark and dried fruit with some meatiness on the finish. Elegant but exhibiting good… ...
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Righetti Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Capitel de' Roari 2012  (#326935)

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[ This is Righetti s reserve Amarone. Well-balanced with dark fruit flavors, earth and meaty components. Aromas of black cherry and prunes joined by beefy and earthy notes. Moves along the palate nicely with a mix of dark and dried fruit with some meatiness on the finish. Elegant but exhibiting good concentration. Food Pairing: Bolognese, cheese, good match with beef or lamb dishes. Not yet reviewed; 2011 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Spectator. ] This is Righetti s reserve Amarone. Well-balanced with dark fruit flavors, earth and meaty components. Aromas of black cherry and prunes joined by beefy and earthy notes. Moves along the palate nicely with a mix of dark and dried fruit with some…

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Light straw color. Fine, elegant, clean and intense aroma, dry flavor with pleasant green apple aftertaste. Lively, and easy to drink. Excellent as aperitif, hors d'oevres, seafood salads and fish dishes. Perfect with white meats and light meals. ...
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Campagnola Pinot Grigio Veneto 2016  (#330689)

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio from Veneto, Italy

[ Light straw color. Fine, elegant, clean and intense aroma, dry flavor with pleasant green apple aftertaste. Lively, and easy to drink. Excellent as aperitif, hors d'oevres, seafood salads and fish dishes. Perfect with white meats and light meals. ] Light straw color. Fine, elegant, clean and intense aroma, dry flavor with pleasant green apple aftertaste. Lively, and easy to drink. Excellent as aperitif, hors d'oevres, seafood salads and fish dishes. Perfect with white meats and light meals.

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92 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a highly unusual wine of freakish dimensions. Bussola fans will recall that the estate released its 2004 Amarones last year. This 2003 Amarone took almost five years to finish fermenting; in fact one tank was… ...
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Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2003  (#333019)

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[ 92 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a highly unusual wine of freakish dimensions. Bussola fans will recall that the estate released its 2004 Amarones last year. This 2003 Amarone took almost five years to finish fermenting; in fact one tank was at the tail end of fermentation when I visited the estate in April 2009! This is an exotic Amarone that captures an almost port-like expression of fruit while remaining light on its feet. There is plenty of clarity and detail in the dark fruit, flowers and minerals that waft from the glass. Despite its ripeness and richness, this remains a medium-bodied, accessible Amarone perfect for near-term drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2023. (Oct 2009) ] 92 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a highly unusual wine of freakish dimensions. Bussola fans will recall that the estate released its 2004 Amarones last year. This 2003 Amarone took almost five…

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92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Vigneto Giardino Rive di Colbertaldo Dry is a delightful wine that fulfills all the promises of this informal Italian sparkler. This wine pleases all the senses thanks to bright aromas of peach and pear with light… ...
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Adami Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Giardino Rive Colbertaldo 2016  (#331218)

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco DOCG, Veneto, Italy

[ 92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Vigneto Giardino Rive di Colbertaldo Dry is a delightful wine that fulfills all the promises of this informal Italian sparkler. This wine pleases all the senses thanks to bright aromas of peach and pear with light touches of honey and saffron. The finish is extra smooth and creamy with a distant touch of spicy effervescence. This wine will evolve over the next few years and if you don't believe me, check it out for yourself. 2017-2022. (May 2017) ] 92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Vigneto Giardino Rive di Colbertaldo Dry is a delightful wine that fulfills all the promises of this informal Italian sparkler. This wine pleases all the senses thanks…

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87 points Ian D'Agata (International Wine Cellar): Pale green with a persistent froth. A whiff of sulfur blows off to reveal simple green apple and floral aromas.Bright and fresh, with uncomplicated flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with decent length and a hint of sweetness. (Sep/Oct 2011) ...
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Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut NV  (#319434)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Veneto, Italy

[ 87 points Ian D'Agata (International Wine Cellar): Pale green with a persistent froth. A whiff of sulfur blows off to reveal simple green apple and floral aromas.Bright and fresh, with uncomplicated flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with decent length and a hint of sweetness. (Sep/Oct 2011) ] 87 points Ian D'Agata (International Wine Cellar): Pale green with a persistent froth. A whiff of sulfur blows off to reveal simple green apple and floral aromas.Bright and fresh, with uncomplicated flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with decent…

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88 points Wine & Spirits: Tight bubbles surge through a tide of lemon and saline flavors, creating a fine texture that s balanced by mouthwatering acidity. Refreshing and ready for Wellfleet oysters. (Aug 2016) ...
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Jeio (Bisol) Prosecco Brut NV  (#331359)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco DOCG, Veneto, Italy

[ 88 points Wine & Spirits: Tight bubbles surge through a tide of lemon and saline flavors, creating a fine texture that s balanced by mouthwatering acidity. Refreshing and ready for Wellfleet oysters. (Aug 2016) ] 88 points Wine & Spirits: Tight bubbles surge through a tide of lemon and saline flavors, creating a fine texture that s balanced by mouthwatering acidity. Refreshing and ready for Wellfleet oysters. (Aug 2016)

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Light straw color. Fine, elegant, clean and intense aroma, dry flavor with pleasant green apple aftertaste. Lively, and easy to drink. Excellent as aperitif, hors d'oevres, seafood salads and fish dishes. Perfect with white meats and light meals. ...
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Campagnola Pinot Grigio Veneto 2017  (#333228)

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio from Veneto, Italy

[ Light straw color. Fine, elegant, clean and intense aroma, dry flavor with pleasant green apple aftertaste. Lively, and easy to drink. Excellent as aperitif, hors d'oevres, seafood salads and fish dishes. Perfect with white meats and light meals. ] Light straw color. Fine, elegant, clean and intense aroma, dry flavor with pleasant green apple aftertaste. Lively, and easy to drink. Excellent as aperitif, hors d'oevres, seafood salads and fish dishes. Perfect with white meats and light meals.

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88 points Wine & Spirits: A crisp Prosecco with scents of almonds and rising bread dough, this feels luscious on the palate. Its rich marzipan sweetness cleans up in a tart green apple finish, balanced for aperitifs. (Aug 2014) ...
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La Marca Extra Dry Prosecco di Conegliano NV  (#307602)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco DOCG, Veneto, Italy

[ 88 points Wine & Spirits: A crisp Prosecco with scents of almonds and rising bread dough, this feels luscious on the palate. Its rich marzipan sweetness cleans up in a tart green apple finish, balanced for aperitifs. (Aug 2014) ] 88 points Wine & Spirits: A crisp Prosecco with scents of almonds and rising bread dough, this feels luscious on the palate. Its rich marzipan sweetness cleans up in a tart green apple finish, balanced for aperitifs. (Aug 2014)

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90 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2013 Campofiorin is a distant cousin of Amarone in that its made with semi-dried grapes. This process of 'leggero appassimento' gives the wine that extra oomph and richness to stand up to hearty meat or game dishes. Despite that extra power and… ...
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Masi Verona Campofiorin 2013  (#330066)

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[ 90 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2013 Campofiorin is a distant cousin of Amarone in that its made with semi-dried grapes. This process of 'leggero appassimento' gives the wine that extra oomph and richness to stand up to hearty meat or game dishes. Despite that extra power and concentration, the wine makes room for delicate notes of black current and pressed rose petal. Spice and cured tobacco fill in the rear. This 2013 vintage shows balance and a tight spot of fresh acidity. (May 2017) ] 90 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The 2013 Campofiorin is a distant cousin of Amarone in that its made with semi-dried grapes. This process of 'leggero appassimento' gives the wine that extra oomph and richness to stand up to hearty meat or…

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86 points Wine Enthusiast: Fun and refreshing, this frothy sparkler opens with scents of spring flower and white stone fruit. The lively palate doles out creamy white peach and green apple alongside fresh acidity. Alcohol 11%. (Dec 2016) ...
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Zonin Prosecco Cuvee 1821 Brut NV  (#328435)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Veneto, Italy

[ 86 points Wine Enthusiast: Fun and refreshing, this frothy sparkler opens with scents of spring flower and white stone fruit. The lively palate doles out creamy white peach and green apple alongside fresh acidity. Alcohol 11%. (Dec 2016) ] 86 points Wine Enthusiast: Fun and refreshing, this frothy sparkler opens with scents of spring flower and white stone fruit. The lively palate doles out creamy white peach and green apple alongside fresh acidity. Alcohol 11%. (Dec 2016)

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90 points James Suckling: Delicious combination of pear and biscuit on the palate with medium body, bright acidity and a fresh finish. Fresh and satisfying. A different style of Prosecco that you should check out. (10/22/12) ...
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Loredan Gasparini Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG NV  (#331703)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco DOCG, Veneto, Italy

[ 90 points James Suckling: Delicious combination of pear and biscuit on the palate with medium body, bright acidity and a fresh finish. Fresh and satisfying. A different style of Prosecco that you should check out. (10/22/12) ] 90 points James Suckling: Delicious combination of pear and biscuit on the palate with medium body, bright acidity and a fresh finish. Fresh and satisfying. A different style of Prosecco that you should check out. (10/22/12)

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92 points Decanter: This 50th vintage for Nino Pieropan is a blend of 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave. Vines are cultivated on volcanic soil, giving flinty aromas on the nose, with stone fruit flavours and a long-lasting, intense, mineral finish. Drink: 2018-2024. Alcohol 12%. (Apr 2018) ...
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Pieropan Soave Classico 2016  (#330448)

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[ 92 points Decanter: This 50th vintage for Nino Pieropan is a blend of 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave. Vines are cultivated on volcanic soil, giving flinty aromas on the nose, with stone fruit flavours and a long-lasting, intense, mineral finish. Drink: 2018-2024. Alcohol 12%. (Apr 2018) ] 92 points Decanter: This 50th vintage for Nino Pieropan is a blend of 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave. Vines are cultivated on volcanic soil, giving flinty aromas on the nose, with stone fruit flavours and a long-lasting, intense, mineral…

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