Wednesday, April 19, 2006

1998 Zonin Berengario

You will notice in the next few weeks that I will be tasting more Italian wines. There is a reason that everyone will soon find out....not to be too mysterious.
The Winery: The Zonin family has been producing wines for zeven generations along the green hills of the Veneto region of Northern Italy. The Zonin company consists of 11 wine estates with more that three thousand acres of vineyards. Zonin has taken on the task of creating one of the world's most modern wineries which to me is good to see in the sometimes overly traditional wine makers of Italy.
The Wine: From the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, with a designation of IGT, which only means it doesn't follow the rigid standards to be designated a DOC or DOCG (similar to France's AOC designation). This wine is 60% Cabernet Savignon and the rest is Merlot. It weighs in at 13.5% alcohol and is aged 12 months in French oak barrels. It pours in the glass a dark red with something that looks like a copperish tent. It smells of fresh earth, currants, black pepper and dried fruit. While those smells persists in the mouth they are joined by oaky undertones, cherry and subtle fruitiness. Very nice, I'd grade it an A.

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