Zeni Costalago Rosso Veronese
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The label of this wine underlines the origin of Lake Garda in the Würm ice age with its adjacent morainic hills. These hills form an ideal pedoclimatic environment to cultivate the queen of the Veronese grapes: the Corvina grape.
- Nino Zeni, eclectic oenologist and father of Fausto, Elena and Federica, started planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the early 90s in some vineyards nearby the lake.
- An idea came up in his mind to create a new wine as a modern expression of our region, a harmonious blend where the local character and the elegance of the Corvina grape are blended with the international character and the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to give a unique and balanced wine.
Varietal Composition: 70% Corvina, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Elaboration: Hand selection of the best grapes bunches which are collected in small crates and left to raisin for a while. Traditional skin fermentation followed by 2-3 weeks maceration in November. Ageing in oak barrels for 1 and a half year.
Tasting Notes: Intense ruby red color. Floral notes with hints of well-ripened fruit. Vinous, velvety and lingering.
2016 – 91 James Suckling
Sitting in the hills of Bardolino, the Zeni family has spent the last 140 years dedicating themselves to producing some of the finest wines in Verona. Zeni’s lineup is broad and includes releases from Bardolino, Custoza, Lugana, Valpolicella, and Soave. Land holdings amount to 60 hectares of vines, and the family operates two wineries, one located in Bardolino and the other in Valpolicella. Zeni’s world-renowned wine museum drives attention to the company, receiving over 100,000 visitors a year.