#279 Zenato Rosso Veneto 2017


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Fighting odd with weird

Zenato’s Rosso Veneto 2017 is a superb opportunity to study some of the weirder elements to Italian wine. For starters, the wine is a partial appassimento affair, which gives us ample opportunity to explore how this changes both the fermentation dynamics, and the final wine.
The blend is also built largely around the somewhat unusual cultivar of Corvina, so we spent some time discussing what make the grape unusual, and how – while it’s mostly true that “two wrongs don’t make a right”, the combination of Corvina and Appassimento winemaking actually work quite well together.
Of course, if you have yet to sign up for your Monthly HanDrinksSolo Wine Subscription then you won’t be able to taste what we’re talking about when we unpack the various facets to this wine, so to try and dull the FOMO, I have left some tasting notes and a few technical specs:

Tasting Notes

👃🏼 An initially shy nose of berries and spice opens up quite nicely into a mix of strawberries, jammy mulberries, white pepper, and some dried mediterranean herbs.
👄  The palate is fairly soft on entry, with the aforementioned sweeter strawberry candy and mulberry, but there are also some fine tannins, and rather juicy berry acidity that provice just enough structure to keep it upright. The white pepper returns on the finish to keep things interesting. 

Technical Notes

🔬Veneto IGT. 60% Corvina; 10% Rondinella; 5% Corvinone; and  25% mixed component of Merlot and Cabernet.

85% of the wine was tank fermented and matured, with 15% being matured in larger format oak foudres.
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