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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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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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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The Estate's Primofiore (or 'first flower') is a blend of 50% Corvina and Corvinone, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, which all finish ripening in wooden boxes before fermentation and aging in Slovenian oak. Juicy, succulent red and black fruits combine with notes of cola, cigar… ...
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Quintarelli Primofiore Rosso Veneto 2014  (#332797)

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[ The Estate's Primofiore (or 'first flower') is a blend of 50% Corvina and Corvinone, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, which all finish ripening in wooden boxes before fermentation and aging in Slovenian oak. Juicy, succulent red and black fruits combine with notes of cola, cigar wrapper, spice, dried rose petals, and fruit compote in this elegant, rich wine. ] The Estate's Primofiore (or 'first flower') is a blend of 50% Corvina and Corvinone, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, which all finish ripening in wooden boxes before fermentation and aging in Slovenian oak. Juicy, succulent red and…

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92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The Masi 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera is a plump and rich wine that portrays the opulent characteristics of this hot vintage. Dark blackberry is followed by sweet tobacco, baking spice, tar or resin. This beautiful Amarone glides… ...
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Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera 2012  (#330745)

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[ 92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The Masi 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera is a plump and rich wine that portrays the opulent characteristics of this hot vintage. Dark blackberry is followed by sweet tobacco, baking spice, tar or resin. This beautiful Amarone glides smoothly over the palate imparting dense extraction and dark fruit flavors along the way. The wine has the natural constitution to hold strong for the next decade. Drink: 2017-2025. (May 2017) ] 92 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): The Masi 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera is a plump and rich wine that portrays the opulent characteristics of this hot vintage. Dark blackberry is followed by sweet tobacco, baking spice,…

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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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96 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...Amarone hardly gets better than this. This top-shelf wine opens to a midnight black appearance and virtually no light penetration. The bouquet is balanced and complex at the same time and this is no easy feat for a wine made with air-dried grapes. Prune,… ...
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Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano 2009  (#332708)

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[ 96 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...Amarone hardly gets better than this. This top-shelf wine opens to a midnight black appearance and virtually no light penetration. The bouquet is balanced and complex at the same time and this is no easy feat for a wine made with air-dried grapes. Prune, black plum, blackberry confit, smoke, tar and barbecue smoke appear with carefully measured intensity. There is a point of sourness on the finish and the alcohol clocks in a 16%... 2018-2035. (May 2017) ] 96 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...Amarone hardly gets better than this. This top-shelf wine opens to a midnight black appearance and virtually no light penetration. The bouquet is balanced and complex at the same time and this is no easy…

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96 points Ian D'Agata (Vinous): Bright red. Precise aromas of crushed red cherry, cinnamon, plum and clove. Suave and pure on the multilayered palate, with floral and sweet spicy elements dominating the ripe rich red cherry and berry flavors. Utterly explosive on the seamless finish, which features… ...
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Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico TB 2009  (#332952)

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[ 96 points Ian D'Agata (Vinous): Bright red. Precise aromas of crushed red cherry, cinnamon, plum and clove. Suave and pure on the multilayered palate, with floral and sweet spicy elements dominating the ripe rich red cherry and berry flavors. Utterly explosive on the seamless finish, which features outstanding rising length, energy and precision. Already great to drink now, but will undergo a slow development in bottle... Drink: 2017-2030. (May 2017) ] 96 points Ian D'Agata (Vinous): Bright red. Precise aromas of crushed red cherry, cinnamon, plum and clove. Suave and pure on the multilayered palate, with floral and sweet spicy elements dominating the ripe rich red cherry and berry flavors.…

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Not yet reviewed; 2013 vintage rated 93 points by James Suckling: Lots of ripe strawberry, blackberry bush and hints of nutmeg, vanilla and spices make for a very fresh and elegant nose for an Amarone. Medium to full body, deliciously tangy acidity and a really driven finish. Drink now. ...
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Campagnola Amarone della Valpollicella Classico 2014  (#332873)

Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy

[ Not yet reviewed; 2013 vintage rated 93 points by James Suckling: Lots of ripe strawberry, blackberry bush and hints of nutmeg, vanilla and spices make for a very fresh and elegant nose for an Amarone. Medium to full body, deliciously tangy acidity and a really driven finish. Drink now. ] Not yet reviewed; 2013 vintage rated 93 points by James Suckling: Lots of ripe strawberry, blackberry bush and hints of nutmeg, vanilla and spices make for a very fresh and elegant nose for an Amarone. Medium to full body, deliciously tangy acidity…

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91 points James Suckling: A firm and lightly chewy red with berry and walnut character and hints of chocolate. Medium body and a pretty finish. Drink now. (11/21/16) ...
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Buglioni Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso il Bugiardo 2013  (#331467)

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[ 91 points James Suckling: A firm and lightly chewy red with berry and walnut character and hints of chocolate. Medium body and a pretty finish. Drink now. (11/21/16) ] 91 points James Suckling: A firm and lightly chewy red with berry and walnut character and hints of chocolate. Medium body and a pretty finish. Drink now. (11/21/16)

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97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...This is an enormously rich and generous red wine that offers a compelling sense of balance and integrity... It delivers a seamless array of aromas with dark fruit, blackberry confit, baking spice and barbecue smoke that leave a lasting impression. The… ...
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Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe 2009  (#332707)

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[ 97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...This is an enormously rich and generous red wine that offers a compelling sense of balance and integrity... It delivers a seamless array of aromas with dark fruit, blackberry confit, baking spice and barbecue smoke that leave a lasting impression. The mouthfeel is robust and richly concentrated. In theory, the 16% alcohol should be very evident, but in fact it is expertly woven deep within the enormous textural richness of the wine... 2018-2035. (May 2017) ] 97 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...This is an enormously rich and generous red wine that offers a compelling sense of balance and integrity... It delivers a seamless array of aromas with dark fruit, blackberry confit, baking spice and…

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Transparent garnet in the glass, this rare pure Corvina from within the Valpolicella zone is redolent of Bing cherries, orange peel, white chocolate, potpourri, and star anise. Brisk on the attack yet velvety in texture, it conveys suggestions of violets, lavender, and citrus peel notes wrapped… ...
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Monte Tondo Corvina Veneto 2015  (#328574)

Other Red Wines from Veneto, Italy

[ Transparent garnet in the glass, this rare pure Corvina from within the Valpolicella zone is redolent of Bing cherries, orange peel, white chocolate, potpourri, and star anise. Brisk on the attack yet velvety in texture, it conveys suggestions of violets, lavender, and citrus peel notes wrapped around a bright, vibrant core of bitter cherry fruit. Medicinal herbs and fine tannins work alongside brisk acidity and a chewy core of red fruits to make this one of the most versatile and table-ready wines in a long time. ] Transparent garnet in the glass, this rare pure Corvina from within the Valpolicella zone is redolent of Bing cherries, orange peel, white chocolate, potpourri, and star anise. Brisk on the attack yet velvety in texture, it conveys suggestions of…

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Known as the Master of the Veneto, Giuseppe Quintarelli makes some of the world s most sought-after wines. His Bianco Secco Ca' del Merlo is a blend of Chardonnay, Garganega, Sauvignon Blanc and Trebbiano. Gambero Rosso called this wine robust, mouthwatering. ...
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Quintarelli Bianco Secco Ca' del Merlo 2016  (#331295)

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[ Known as the Master of the Veneto, Giuseppe Quintarelli makes some of the world s most sought-after wines. His Bianco Secco Ca' del Merlo is a blend of Chardonnay, Garganega, Sauvignon Blanc and Trebbiano. Gambero Rosso called this wine robust, mouthwatering. ] Known as the Master of the Veneto, Giuseppe Quintarelli makes some of the world s most sought-after wines. His Bianco Secco Ca' del Merlo is a blend of Chardonnay, Garganega, Sauvignon Blanc and Trebbiano. Gambero Rosso called this wine robust,…

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