Alzero, IGP, 2005

  Giuseppe Quintarelli

First vintage of this was 1983. A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the fruit is dried for 5 months. Ageing of the wine is in old wooden barrels for 8 years. 15% alcohol and 15 g/l residual sugar. Ripe plum fruit and peach skin sweetness offset the tell-tale Cabernet tones of pencil lead, with complex notes of spices and dried cassis.

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: Veneto

Now the largest wine-producing region in Italy, Veneto sits in the north-east of Italy stretching westward to Lake Garda and north to the Austrian border. Soave and Valpolicella are the regions two most important zones, but drastic enlargments of existing DOCs means that quality is not always assurred. Look for quality conscious growers such as Gini who use the single varietal Garganega rather than the other, permitted but somewhat neutral varieties.