January 2020 Selection

Veneto, the traditional single-varietal reds

January 2020 Selection

Brunelli Corvina Corte Cariano 2017 (2 bottles)
Gianni Tessari Colli Berici Tai Rosso 2017 (2 bottles)
Cecchetto Raboso del Piave 2016 (2 bottles)

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Do we know Venetian reds? Of course. Amarone and Valpolicella. But that's not all: it’s too easy! Veneto, until a few years ago, represented a veritable jungle of native vines that covered most of the regional area dedicated to wine. Then, after the arrival of phylloxera and the destruction of much of this heritage, many winemakers decided to focus on international grapes, which unfortunately replaced what was there before. That which, with patience and tenacity, has now been at least partially recovered.

Meanwhile, Valpolicella, the Recioto and Amarone region. Here tradition prefers blends. But the great grapes that contribute to the precious nectar of the place must also be appreciated on their own. The queen, we know, is the Corvina Veronese. Fresh and elegant, of good productivity and complex and deep fruity and floral hints, Corvina represents the strength of Valpolicella wines and their assurance on longevity. Taste it in its single-varietal version means entering the soul of those wines and in the essence of this territory now known throughout the world.

Towards the Vicenza area, on the Berici Hills, there is instead another native red grape, which has literally been saved from the risk of extinction. The Tai Rosso. Once they called it Tocai Rosso, now they can't anymore. It is an extremely territorial grape, which gives all the freshness and acidity typical of an area that has been discovered as perfect even for some spumante. Bright ruby, with fragrant notes of raspberry, blackberry and cherry jam, Tai Rosso is excellent to be enjoyed young, also for its agile and perky structure.

And finally the Raboso. Who knows this grape? And yet it is, after Corvina, the most representative red native of Veneto. However, here it is the eastern part of the region, the hills overlooking the Alps give way to the Piave plain which descends towards the Venetian lagoon. In an area where it always rains and where the soil is alluvial, what was needed was a rustic and resistant vine. The Raboso. Tenacious, concentrated, incredibly late in ripening. It gives pure, acidic wines, with rough, long-lived tannins and satisfaction for those looking for pure terroir. The wines of the Sacro Fiume? They won’t let you down!

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Brunelli Corvina Corte Cariano 2017 (2 bottles)

Red. Brunelli Veronese, Italy Corvina

Bottle: £8.52 club members / £9.71 non-members


San Pietro in Cariano is a legendary Venetian terroir, without a doubt. It is a symbol of Valpolicella, where the typical varieties of Recioto and Amarone are expressed with character and elegance. Thanks to a Mediterranean and windy climate influenced by the nearby Lake Garda, an ideal exposure, to the south and south-west, which favours the accumulation of sugary substances. People, ideas and a wonderful family contribute, from generation to generation, to the complex and profound attitude of these wines.

Refined custodians of the territory, the Brunellis have always worked on the recovery of varieties that risked extinction. Varieties that constitute a heritage too often ignored, with preference going to the custom of more productive and conventional grapes. The Corvina is certainly not one of these, and the work of the Brunellis has centred, rightly, on this grape, which is the most representative red native of the Verona area.

Corte Cariano is a pearl. It is a single-varietal expression of Corvina Veronese and of the method of ancient family tradition which provides for a brief and light drying of the single-variety for 60 days.

Ruby red, it releases beautiful aromas of small berries, such as blackberry, currant and the classic ripe cherry, offset by a slightly peppery note. Soft and balanced, with pleasant and velvety tannins. It goes very well with pureed soups and classic soups, such as pasta and beans; first courses of fresh pasta with meat sauce, strong red meats.

Mushrooms

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Brunelli Corvina Corte Cariano 2017
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Gianni Tessari Colli Berici Tai Rosso 2017 (2 bottles)

Red. Gianni Tessari Colli Berici, Italy Tai Rosso

Bottle: £8.92 club members / £10.13 non-members


A cellar where history and experimentation come together in perfect harmony. In Roncà, between Verona and Vicenza, the Gianni Tessari winery is a rare and precious pearl, which is expressed with personality and elegance in all the splendid appellations of the territory. From the Soave to the Berici Hills to the Lessini Mountains, the winery has managed to carve out a role of absolute multi-faceted and convincing all-round protagonist.

Among the many challenges of the company, all focused on the protection of the terroir, there is certainly the valorisation of the local natives. Above all of them, the Berici Hills. Gianni Tessari says: "The wine of authenticity, of essence. Inextricably rooted in the territory of which it is the native vine. It is a world to be rediscovered, flavours and aromas that are revealed and which derive pleasure from amazing, like a statue moulded on a rough material that, once forged and shaped, shows its mysterious beauty: an authentic beauty".

Poetic words, certainly, but that perfectly contextualise the connection between the area of ​​these hills and "their" typical grape variety. Dark ruby, sometimes dense, on the nose this Tai Red of character expresses a wide and refined range of scents. From marasca cherry jam to dried prune, from the most fragrant pomegranate to a mentholated and balsamic puff. The taste is young, yes, but also elegant, fresh, already harmonious, with good structure and excellent sapidity. Thanks to the 1-year refinement in oak, but also the exceptional tempering of a variety to be rediscovered.

Lamb with fine herbs

  • Alcohol content: 12,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Gianni Tessari Colli Berici Tai Rosso 2017
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Cecchetto Raboso del Piave 2016 (2 bottles)

Red. Cecchetto Giorgio Piave, Italy Raboso

Bottle: £11.81 club members / £13.42 non-members


For many, and rightly so, Cecchetto is synonymous with Piave wines. A flat corner of eastern Veneto where a difficult grape variety perhaps gives the only regional reds which can compete with the noble cousins ​​of Valpolicella. Giorgio Cecchetto's winery has always interpreted the territory as its guardian, but also by seeing tradition as a heritage to be renewed. It is in the light of this approach that his work, since 1986, has always focused on Raboso, a resistant and late variety that Cecchetto has turned into a stylistically interesting canvas.

In all its versions, Cecchetto's Raboso is a Veneto wine that has made history. The Raboso Piave, a full-breed horse difficult to tame, demonstrates its character already in the vineyard having a very long vegetative cycle: it sprouts first and is one of the last grapes to be harvested. This makes it a unique vine, almost extreme, and perhaps for this reason left aside, because it is intimidating for its strong and angry nature. To reveal the best of oneself requires time, patience and a certain amount of courage.

The three winery estates are in Tezze, pebbly, Lorenzaga, with its loose soils, Cornuda, clayey. Each of these contributes to wines that faithfully represent the territory. Aged for one year in barriques and partly in oak barrels, the classic Raboso is of a typical intense ruby ​​red colour with garnet reflections. The bouquet is full, broad and pleasing, reminiscent of marasca cherry, wild blackberry, vanilla, leather, tobacco and violet. Dry and austere, with a tannin and acidity pleasantly ennobled by the alcohol strength.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Cecchetto Raboso del Piave 2016
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