Although Veneto, in northeastern part of Italy, is reputed for its bold, earthy reds like Valpolicella and Amarone made with the Corvina grape around Verona, the Venetian wine region also offers great whites with the sparkling Prosecco(s) and Trebbiano and Garganega which produces one of Italy's most popular white wines called Soave.
However, many wineries, like Marcato, are also growing international grape varieties atop of the local grapes. La Giareta rosso is a great example of the tremendous potential of wine diversity that Veneto has to offer despite its more acclaimed wines.
2007 Marcato La Giareta Rosso Veneto Italy
Suggested retail price $11-$13
Imported by Vintners Estates (in California)
100% Cabernet Franc from La Giareta estate, this approachable and refreshing red offers fruity cherry aromas with a rounded slight touch of oak. After alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank, it was aged in oak for 10 months. Clean fruit flavors explode on the mid-palate, supported by silky tannins and bright acidity into a nice, inviting cherry finish.
A versatile, crisp and friendly red wine, it will pair well with everything from chicken to lighter meats to creamy cheeses.
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More info about the winery at www.marcatovini.it
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