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Wines of VenetoThe Veneto’s most well-known still white wine is Soave, a designation that has been compromised through both viticultural and vinification methods and the enlargement of the zone. While it was originally a blend of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave (both aromatic varieties), changes in DOC regulations permitted the introduction of a more mundane strain of Trebbiano (Toscano) as well as Chardonnay, thereby precipitating the widespread production of a fairly vapid wine. However, Soave bottlings that pair Garganega with Trebbiano di Soave tend to offer a substantive flavor profile. While Soave is not the only white DOC, the others, Lugana and Gambellara, primarily involve the same varietals. The former (which is shared with Lombardia), privileges Trebbiano di Soave, and some bottlings realize a substantive aromatic presence. With respect to the latter, Garganega exercises its dominance, as it represents a minimum of 80% of the blend. The category also includes several varietally labeled wines that are fairly simple in character. Valpolicella is, in many respects, the red counterpart to Soave, as its image has suffered from mass production.

However, unlike Soave, it operates a stylistic hierarchy: Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Superiore and/or Ripasso, Amarone della Valpolicella, and Recioto della Valpolicella generally comprise the grape trio of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara. Valpolicella Classico (Classico denoting a wine made in the inner, superior Valpolicella zone) is the simplest expression of the Valpolicella quartet. At the Superiore level, Valpolicella must achieve higher alcohol content, receive longer aging, and display more body and structure than the simple Valpolicella. To realize these qualities, many Superiore are treated via one of two techniques: “governo alla Toscana” or ripasso. Under the “governo alla Toscana” method, producers blend the finished Valpolicella with a small percentage of Amarone remaining from a previous batch. Others employ the ripasso method, enriching the Valpolicella wine through direct contact with (or passing through) the Amarone’s lees.
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Primaterra Pinot Grigio 2008 750ml
Primaterra Pinot Grigio 2008 750ml
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Primaterra is Italian by design. Behind the label, each wine reflects the combination of soil, climate, and topography which defines their Italian region of origin. The winemaking philosophy is simply to preserve the delicious flavors and aromas that result from the interaction between the grapes and the land. more info
Begali Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
Begali Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
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Begali’s delectable Valpolicella Classico is easy to pop and pour and enjoy again and again! Pure red berries cavort on a bed of woodland moss, wildflower petals, spices, river rocks and earth in Begali’s charming ’17 Valpolicella Classico. This wine is about food-friendly immediate drinkability, and it shows an alluring balance between its fine tannins and bright acidity that linger on the savory, mineral-laden finish. A blend of 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, and the remainder local grape varietals, grapes ferment in stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year in botti before resting in bottle. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco 2018 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco 2018 750ml
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Pressed white flowers, sun-warmed stones, lime zest, and subtle spices frame the crisp green apples and juicy honeydew fruits in Quintarelli’s ’18 Bianco Secco. This delicious white is poised and very pretty, effortlessly balancing its ripe fruits with electric acidity; sneaky minerality lingers on this refreshing wine’s complex, sustained finish. Stunning and blonde, Bianco Secco is a seductive blend of Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Saorin deriving from 30-year-old vines grown in mineral-rich soils; grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks, and the wine ages in barrel. more info
Dal Forno Romano Veneto Passito Vigna Sere 2004 375ml
Dal Forno Romano Veneto Passito Vigna Sere 2004 375ml
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Crafted only in the best of vintages, Dal Forno Veneto Passito Vigna Seré is a labor of love, and in ‘04, the textured silky wine explodes on the palate with a profusion of red and black fruit, espresso, leather, exotic spices and wildflowers. Named Veneto Passito Vigna Seré because this dessert wines differs in protocol from the traditional dessert wine of the Veneto, Recioto, Dal Forno’s sweet wine is as luscious, decadent, age-worthy and mind-bending as you’d expect. A blend of 55% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 20% Croatina, and 10% Oseletta, the grapes for Veneto Passito Vigna Seré dry for six months before pressing--this is twice as long as for Amarone and two months longer than Recioto. After drying, the grapes ferment in stainless steel and then the wine ages for three years in barriques before bottling. It’s a magical wine from a magical vintage, and it explains why Dal Forno is known as the “Grape King” of the Veneto. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Rosso Ca' del Merlo 2012 3L
Giuseppe Quintarelli Rosso Ca' del Merlo 2012 3L
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Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1983 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella 1983 750ml
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Brooding and intense, this ’83 Amarone explodes with dark plums, juicy berries, and succulent cherries, all framed by Christmas cake, underbrush, rose potpourri, warm saddle leather, and truffle. Immensely tannic upon release, time has tamed this ’83 Amarone, and today it reveals kaleidoscopic notes conveyed on an exquisitely balanced, silky palate. While offering terrific tertiary notes, this vintage Amarone nonetheless remains remarkably fresh, evoking the Quintarelli touch with every sip. Quintarelli produces its Amarone only in exceptional vintages, reliably crafting the benchmark for all Amarone. This collector's wine comes primarily from the indigenous Corvina along with Rondinella, Molinara, Negara and traces of Cabernet, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo, made in the appassimento method. Replete with myriad layers and endless flavors, Quintarelli’s Amarone demands to be contemplated rather than merely consumed. Always rich, opulent, sensuous and extraordinary, Quintarelli’s magical Amarones hold you in their thrall. more info