This post we are featuring an Italian wine with some qualitative elements that overlap with a Napa Cab. While these wines are distinctly different, for those unfamiliar with Italian or Old World Wines this is a great read.
How many of you love California Cabernet Sauvignon, especially from the Napa Valley? I know I do, and what’s not to love, you have the bright fruit, supple tannins and a great long dry finish. I know it can be tough to branch out and try other wines for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons are fairly unique, but I recommend trying A Valpolicella Classico Superiore.
Valpolicella wines are a blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, Corvinone, all grapes indigenous to Valpolicella region in the province of Verona, Italy. The people of this region have been producing Valpolicella and Amarone for hundreds of years, and they are fantastic. The region has a mild continental climate with foothills in the classico zone, where the best wines come from.
My favorite producer is Mazzi; this family owned vineyard has been producing estate bottled wines for over one hundred years. The vineyard is in the town of Negrar in the foothills of the Valpolicella Classico zone. The unique climate and chalky, loam and clay soils produce amazing terroir driven wines.
Mazzi Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Vigneto Poiega is a blend of 65% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara and 5% Corvinone. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats with selected yeasts for around seven days, followed by malolactic fermentation to lower the wines total acidity. It is then aged in barriques used for the second time for eighteen months, followed by six months in the bottle.
The Mazzi Valpolicella has rich notes of ripe plum and cherry with a touch of earth on the nose. On the palate the flavor is full and persistent with the same ripe fruit that was detected on the nose, the finish is long and dry with velvety tannins. This wine pairs great with food, especially roasted meats, game and aged cheeses.
If you’re a Cabernet Sauvignon lover I recommend stepping outside of your comfort zone and give this wine a try, I am sure you will fall in love. Coming in under $26 you will find it will compare to some Napa Valley Cab’s at twice the price.