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Veneto

Up northeast, Veneto's a province that has it all.  From mountains to fertile plains and a lagoon on the Adriatic seaside. 
Holidaymakers will know it for romantic spots like Verona and the faded majesty of Venice's canals and treasures like the Rialto, the Guggenheim and the Aperol Spritz. 

Red or white?
Equally adept with white as with red, but in Veneto, finding quality is key.  There's the handsomely named smoky, crisp dry whites of Soave and the more familiar Pinot Grigio.  The best both come from hillier vineyards. 

Reds from Valpolicella range from juicy, medium bodied reds to richer full bodied, powerful dried grape styles of Amarone and its little cousin Ripasso. 

Prosecco is the fun time fizz for when friends pop in, with its peach, green apple and pastry notes.  But again, head for the hills where the quality producers farm their vineyards. The best examples come from the Conegliano zone, specifically the Cartizze hill.  The simpler wines are best put to use when aperitivo hour strikes, in either a Bellini or a Spritz.

Grapes
Garganega (in Soave), Pinot Grigio
Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella (in Valpolicella)
Glera (in Prosecco)

Favourite Producers
Soave - Pieropan, Prà, Anselmi, Inama, Tamellini
Valpolicella - La Dama, Masi, Quintarelli, Allegrini, Tedeschi, Dal Forno, Zenato, L'Arco
Prosecco - Nino Franco, Bellussi, Bellenda, Adami, Ruggeri

 


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  1. Bellenda Cosi  È Col Fondo
    Bellenda Cosi È Col Fondo
    The NV Conegliano Valdobbiadene Così È is a fun Pet-Nat style Prosecco, having undergone a secondary fermentation in bottle. Notes of sour lemon, pineapple, granny smith and crushed stone can all be found in the glass. It’s soft in texture yet bone dry, with stimulating acids and minerals which work to completely cleanse the palate between each sip. Flavors of dried apricot and pear linger along with a twang of mouthwatering citrus. Although a bit funky, this is a pleasure to taste. (92) ERIC GUIDO, www.vinousmedia.com

    Here the secondary fermentation in bottle is encouraged by the addition of unfermented must (juice) of the same wine. The wine does not undergo disgorgment and so retains the natural yeast sediment which, if disturbed, gives the wine a slightly hazy appearance. This is a nod to the traditional styles of the region enjoyed by the Cosmo family in the days of their parents and grandparents. It presents with a slightly softer profile and more subtlety of character than some of the other cuvees. For me it is the kind of wine that you want to pop at the start of a long lunch or dinner with friends, it is eminently digestible and provides serious ease for consumption. ROSCOE
    2017
    Italy
    499
  2. Bellenda Radicale Spumante Extra Brut Nature Metodo
    Bellenda Radicale Spumante Extra Brut Nature Metodo
    An extreme version of a sparkling glera, with no sulphites and no disgorging. BELLENDA

    Sourced from their best parcels of fruit this is, in many ways, the flagship of the estate but sadly also one of the smallest amounts made. For the initial fermentation about half of the fruit is left on skins and a portion (roughly 60%) is aged in barrel with the remaining portion resting in stainless steel. Secondary fermentation occurs in bottle and the wine is aged on lees for 24 months before being released sur lie (on its sediment) with zero additions an no sulphur used. It is a wild and heady bottling full of nuance and detail with gorgeous texture and plenty of intensity. Radicale brings together the Cosmo family's traditional methods and modern techniques, the result is a wine that is completely unique to Bellenda and the region. It is well worth hunting down. ROSCOE
    2015
    Italy
    499
  3. La Dama 'Bollicella' Rosato Pet Nat 2019
    La Dama 'Bollicella' Rosato Pet Nat 2019

    Established by Gabriele and Miriam Dalcanele in 2006, La Dama represents the new breed of winemakers in the region. Modern, fresh yet compelling wines coaxed from organically farmed vineyards in the fabled commune of Negrar. It's also pertinent to note that Gabriele spent some time making sparkling wine before starting LA Dama and is well-versed in the style. This is also no afterthought, pet nat either. He only uses the best molinara grapes off the property to make this incredibly delicious sparkling. 

    Wonderful cassis and cranberry fruit all punchy, bright, and layered with a delicate spice and chalky top note. Gentle bubbles caress with a fine film that carries pristine red fruits along. Lovely balance with a freshness and nervy energy that you expect from the style but so often don’t receive. Honestly, this is a masterclass in what pet-nat should look like – bright, crunchy, and full of life with a purity of fruit at its core.

    2019
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
    Italy
    499
  4. Bellenda Cosi  È Col Fondo - Buy 12 get 6 FREE
    Bellenda Cosi È Col Fondo - Buy 12 get 6 FREE
    Black Friday Special - Limited stocks

    Here the secondary fermentation in bottle is encouraged by the addition of unfermented must (juice) of the same wine. The wine does not undergo disgorgment and so retains the natural yeast sediment which, if disturbed, gives the wine a slightly hazy appearance. This is a nod to the traditional styles of the region enjoyed by the Cosmo family in the days of their parents and grandparents. It presents with a slightly softer profile and more subtlety of character than some of the other cuvees. For me it is the kind of wine that you want to pop at the start of a long lunch or dinner with friends, it is eminently digestible and provides serious ease for consumption. ROSCOE
    2017
    Italy
    499
    $420.00 Regular Price $630.00
  5. La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico 2021
    La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico 2021

    Established by Gabriele and Miriam Dalcanele in 2006, La Dama represents the new breed of winemakers in the region. Modern, fresh yet compelling wines coaxed from organically farmed vineyards in the fabled commune of Negrar, home to some of the great names including the legendary Giuseppe Quintarelli.

    Their 10 hectare estate has been certified organic since 2015 and works only with the native varieties of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara. Oak influence is kept to a minimum in order to ensure the vineyard speaks for itself in the glass.

    Still in the La Dama ethereal in style but this year with a little more breadth to the fruit and a little more concentration too which suits this perfectly. Lots of wild fruit, red currant and red berry fruits to the fore. A silky framework allows the fruit to shine here with cool red fruits pushed out the back of the palate with a little dark cherry and black berry fruit flourish. Its perky and bubbly like you would expect but there is a little more going on under the surface too. Another great drop.

    2021
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
    Italy
    499
  6. La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ca Besi 2019
    La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ca Besi 2019
    A wine that originated from where the Valpolicella tadition of drying grapes and the freshness and fragrance of grapes pressed during harvest are combined. This gives birth to a wine of great concentration and elegance, where the freshness suprises when countered by the dark, sweet fruits and long persistent palate.

    This skirts such a lovely middle-ground and the lighter, fresher style we see from La Dama is given a little oomph and lick of pizzaz that is hard not to love. Pepper and camphor on the nose with dark roasted ground spice and a Campari like citrus flourish. It belies what comes after which seems so pretty and energetic but matched with some lovey dark, broody fruit that swims around a concentrated but focused core. It comes of subtle and persistent and ultimately so readily appealing. A very cool drop!
    2019
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
    Italy
    499
  7. Speri Valpolicella La Roverina 2020
    Speri Valpolicella La Roverina 2020
    The 2020 Valpolicella Classico Superiore La Roverina is spicy and floral, with a whiff of sour tangerine that leads to notes of white pepper, blackberries and violet. This comes across as rich but also incredibly juicy, cascading purple-toned flowers and wild berry fruits across a saline-mineral core. It lingers long, yet leaves the palate incredibly fresh, as hints of violette pastille and licorice slowly fade. Gorgeous. ERIC GUIDO
    2020
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
    Italy
    499
  8. Suavia Soave Le Rive 2019
    Suavia Soave Le Rive 2019
    There is real flesh on these bones. Honestly, for a wine with this kind of punchy fruit and weight it's remarkably light on it's feet. It bursts on to the palate with an array of orchard fruits that hold a faint waft of the exotic. So long and juicy feeling as it fills the mouth that it's positively ebullient. The extra weight and dimension, as well as that lick of something you may find in a fresh fruit market in Thailand, comes from the slight drying process, but that also leaves you with more acidity, the combination is just so good. This is gorgeous. Fleshy, beautifully fruited, very long and so fresh. It will age a decade or more if you want to put it away, I would think you should leave it for a few years at least. ROSCOE
    2019
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  9. Pieropan C5 Calvarino
    Pieropan C5 Calvarino
    A new wine from Pieropan, this blend of five vintages – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 – celebrates the five years it took to build the estate's new winery. Aged on the lees in cement... It's bursting with ash, stone, melon, peach, papaya and pineapple aromas. Intense and chiselled, there’s a prominent mineral character here, joined by juicy exotic fruits and aromatic floral notes. A big wash of fresh, saline acidity runs through the core, taking it to a very long, elegant, lifted conclusion. JAMES BUTTON, Decanter
    2020
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  10. La Dama Vini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2018
    La Dama Vini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2018
    Corvina 70%, Corvinone 10%, Rondinella15% and Molinara 5%

    Only the ripest bunches and best exposed to the sun are selected and then placed in boxes that can hold up to 6kg to dry for 100 days in natural fruit-drying rooms. Pressed in steel and wooden vats in January, when all the aromas are mostly concentrated. The fermentation is very long, from 30 to 40 days. Kept in barrels for 36 months then the wine is left to settle in bottle for at least one year before release
    2018
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
    Italy
    499
  11. Monte Ronca Colle Marianna Soave 2021
    Monte Ronca Colle Marianna Soave 2021
    Made from 100% Garganega planted in the basalt vineyards of Monte Calvarino. The fruit was picked at the end of September, crushed and fermented in 85% stainless steel and 15% large-format casks. At 450 metres, Garganega can only just reach ripeness, so this is where a small amount of appassimento fruit works well (around 10%) to add flavour and texture while holding its cooler structure. The wine is charmingly floral on the nose, with notes of peach and green almond. On the palate, the wine is textural and juicy with citrus, stone fruit, minerals and a touch of spice.
    2021
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  12. Marion Borgomarcellise Valpolicella 2020
    Marion Borgomarcellise Valpolicella 2020
    Marion Borgo has unwittingly become the calling card of the estate, an insight or a teaser if you will of Azienda Agricola Marion’s mission statement. The wine is exclusively made up of Corvina (Elegance), Corvinone (Muscle), Rondinella (Perfume) and ancient native varietal Oseleta vinified in stainless steel tanks then into large format seasoned oak (3000ltr) for 12 months before bottling. A pure expression of Stephano & Nicoletta’s vineyards with little to no winemaker intervention.
    2020
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
    Italy
    499
  13. Pieropan Soave Classico 2022
    Pieropan Soave Classico 2022
    The 2022 Soave Classico is a total pleasure on the nose. Sweet smoke and mint nuances complement tropical green melon notes. This soothes with its soft textures while stimulating the senses with a zesty mix of brisk acidity and candied citrus. It tapers off crisp and clean with an inner floral resonance as lemon oil traces slowly fade. I would drink this any night of the week. What a treat. ERIC GUIDO, Vinous.com
    2020
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  14. Bellenda San Fermo Prosecco DOCG 2022
    Bellenda San Fermo Prosecco DOCG 2022
    Its formal classification as Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rive DOCG means it sits up the top of the Prosecco hierarchy. Notes of green apples and lemon pith lead into a crisp core where minerally accents offset fragrant florals. It's fresh and lively in the mouth, savoury streaks cuddle a pitch-perfect core. A cascading stream of fine bubbles frame the ripe citrus and orchard fruits. Juicy, tangy acidity signs off, leaving a refreshing dry burst on the finish. This is a delightful prosecco, a world away from the mass-produced insipid and sweet styles. GABRIELLE POY

    Note below on previous vintage
    I think this is the first time I have ever put a Prosecco to my nose and exclaimed, 'oh wow'. This smells simply lovely. Intensely appley – all at once ripe, green-skinned, crunchy, baked, caramelised. And with a hint of angelica. Bone dry on the palate with a fine fizz. Apples, but fresh and green and super-crisp. Neat and elegant with a sprinkling of fine white pepper and salt crystals on the finish. TAMLYN CURRIE, jancisrobinson.com 
    2022
    Glera
    Italy
    499
  15. Pieropan Calvarino 2021
    Pieropan Calvarino 2021

    There’s something especially spicy and enticing about the 2021 Soave Classico Calvarino. White smoke and honeyed floral aromas give way to ground ginger and crushed green apples. It’s deeply textural, nearly oily, and young peach nuances swirl throughout. Residual acids keep you returning to the glass as zesty yellow citrus offsets liquid stone through the youthfully tense finale. This is an absolutely stunning performance for Calvarino, and as primary as it is today, I can’t help but pour another glass. The 2021 was matured entirely in glass-lined cement tanks for one year. The 2021 Calvarino is a powerful terroir representation. (94) ERIC GUIDO, Vinous.com

     

    2021
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  16. Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2021
    Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2021
    The 2021 Soave Classico La Rocca seduces, flaunting its rich bouquet of confectionary spice and sweet oak before coming further into focus with baked apple and chamomile notes. This is elegance personified, opulent at first and then decidedly savory and precise, with crisp orchard fruits flowing across a saline-tinged, acidic core. The 2021 finishes with dramatic length, staining the palate in youthful concentration as zesty citrus combines with dried apricot and peach. This is an especially decedent vintage for La Rocca, yet the balance is something to behold. It was refined for one year in a mix of 2000- and 500-liter Slavonian oak barrels. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2021
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  17. Monte Tondo Mito Soave 2022
    Monte Tondo Mito Soave 2022

    Gino Magnabosco and his daughter, Marta, are knocking out some amazing wine out of Soave. The fruit is sourced from their estate grown vineyards throughout the best areas of the region including Monte tenda, Monte foscarino and the name-sake - Monte tondo

    Packed full of citrus fruits, floral notes with nashi pear and green apple. The warmth of 2018 gives this a nice little flesh in the mid-palate that leads to a long and satisfying finish. Nice balance between the plump fruit and zippy acidity. This really over-delivers

    2021
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  18. Suavia Soave Classico 2022
    Suavia Soave Classico 2022

    White pears, crushed rocks and zesty citrus aromas leap from the glass. A cushioned core of tangy lemons and spiced stonefruits gives way to a wash of minerals and a tingly spine of acidity. Chiselled phenolics on the finish support a tangy core, flecked with minerality and subtle earthy spices. A delicious crisp and vibrant Soave. GABRIELLE POY

    Stone fruits and white pepper-laced acidity. Lovely depth. Mid-weighted, highly versatile and saline across a long, succulent finish. Screw cap punctuates the precision. Drink now. NED GOODWIN MW

    2020
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  19. Suavia Soave Monte Carbonare 2021
    Suavia Soave Monte Carbonare 2021
    ***Tre Bicchieri Winner***
    Red volcanic ferrous soils with ample black basalt strewn amidst. Suits the later ripening Garganega, while screw cap promotes the freshness sought at this address. 6 ha. 60-70 year vines on a cooler site, rising to the creme of top quality sites as the climate warms. A richer wine than the younger Classico, but without the same sassy vitality. While the Classico is an unbeatable everyday wine, this is a complex wine demanding food and a little more contemplation. Mirabelle, apricot pith, a whiff of dried mango and plenty of smoky, pungent mineral grip, with dutiful freshness towing tenacious length. Drinkable now, but best from 2025. NED GOODWIN MW

    Elegant and characterful Soave Classico, hailing from the prized Monte Carbonare 'cru', known for its distinct basalt soils. And this wine has a volcanic soul, with smoky nuances to the filigree lemon, apple and almond flavours. There's a pleasant width to the mid-palate. DECANTER
    2018
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  20. Suavia Soave Massifitti 2020
    Suavia Soave Massifitti 2020
    100% Trebbiano di Soave, an historical grape brought back to life by Suavia. Ian D'agata reports in his Native Wine Grapes of Italy tome that this is in fact Verdicchio - which many hold to be Italy's greatest white. Notes of wet stones, acacia and stonefruits are supported by smoky undertones. The palate washes through, effortless almost in its delivery. Honeyed tones are starting to appear adding texture and flavour. A waterfall of acidity gushes through on the finish, leaving a cleansing tail in its wake. A subtle beauty indeed, interwoven with detail. GABRIELLE POY
    2019
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  21. Pieropan Soave 2022 375ml
    Pieropan Soave 2022 375ml
    The 2022 Soave Classico is a total pleasure on the nose. Sweet smoke and mint nuances complement tropical green melon notes. This soothes with its soft textures while stimulating the senses with a zesty mix of brisk acidity and candied citrus. It tapers off crisp and clean with an inner floral resonance as lemon oil traces slowly fade. I would drink this any night of the week. What a treat. (Lot# 15.02.23) ERIC GUIDO, Vinous
    2021
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  22. Balestri Valda 'Sengialta' Soave Classico DOC 2020
    Balestri Valda 'Sengialta' Soave Classico DOC 2020
    Sengialta cru. Dark brown volcanic soils with basaltic rocks. Named after sengia, a hard, unbreakable calcareous rock
    Spicy and floral, the 2020 Soave Classico Sengialta opens in the glass with an inviting blend of crushed apples, crystalized ginger and sweet smoke. This is silky and round, nearly opulent in feel, with a core of saline minerals and brisk acids to balance. A salty flourish punctuates the finish, along with hints of lime, creating a savory yet still remarkably fresh impression. Outstanding purity and poise mixed with ripe fruit make the Sengialta a pleasure to taste. ERIC GUIDO
    2020
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  23. Balestri Valda 'Libertate' Trebbiano di Soave 2020
    Balestri Valda 'Libertate' Trebbiano di Soave 2020
    Beeswax, pear pulp, yellow florals set off a sense of richness, abundance and the fecundity of Spring. The palate follows suit hitting initially with a ripe orchard fruit bowl creating texture and richness before the limestone cinches the corset and draw the wine back to the centre. This sense of restraint V abundance is further accentuated by a lovely almond clip on the back end. I can see this with anything from soft cheese to scampi. Gorgeous wine. MICHAEL MCNAMARA
    2020
    Trebbiano
    Italy
    499
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