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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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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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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94 points Wine Enthusiast: Aromas of ripe stone fruit, hazelnut and tropical fruit emerge on this savory, structured white. Refined and full of flavor, the palate doles out juicy yellow peach, apricot and a hint of ginger, while almond lingers on the long finish. Alcohol 13%. (Feb 2018) ...
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Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2015  (#330715)

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[ 94 points Wine Enthusiast: Aromas of ripe stone fruit, hazelnut and tropical fruit emerge on this savory, structured white. Refined and full of flavor, the palate doles out juicy yellow peach, apricot and a hint of ginger, while almond lingers on the long finish. Alcohol 13%. (Feb 2018) ] 94 points Wine Enthusiast: Aromas of ripe stone fruit, hazelnut and tropical fruit emerge on this savory, structured white. Refined and full of flavor, the palate doles out juicy yellow peach, apricot and a hint of ginger, while almond lingers on the…

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93 points James Suckling: What a delicious nose of brambleberries, vanilla, mocha-scented oak, spice box, plum liqueur, licorice and milk chocolate. Full-bodied and rich with plenty of dense fruit and fresh acidity that carries this to a long finish. Almost verges on too much but pulls back. Drink… ...
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Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2014  (#331669)

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[ 93 points James Suckling: What a delicious nose of brambleberries, vanilla, mocha-scented oak, spice box, plum liqueur, licorice and milk chocolate. Full-bodied and rich with plenty of dense fruit and fresh acidity that carries this to a long finish. Almost verges on too much but pulls back. Drink now or hold. (10/20/17) ] 93 points James Suckling: What a delicious nose of brambleberries, vanilla, mocha-scented oak, spice box, plum liqueur, licorice and milk chocolate. Full-bodied and rich with plenty of dense fruit and fresh acidity that carries this to a long finish.…

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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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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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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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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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