Maculan Crosara Breganze DOC 2004

Merlot from Veneto, Italy

$90.00 $59.97
Save $30.03
Item No. 106152
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP95
  • WS93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Named after a crossroad (crosara in the local dialect) that separates the two vineyards from which the Merlot grapes are sourced, Crosara is another successful result of Fausto Maculan's talent for crafting unmistakably Italian reds from Bordeaux's varietals. Extremely rich and deep purple in color, Crosara offers intense aromas of spice, coffee, chocolate and ripe black and red berries. In the mouth, the supple taste of ripe berries is followed by chewy, sweet and well-balanced tannins framing a juicy and lingering finish. An austere and elegant wine, recommended with rich pasta dishes, barbecued meats, game, and medium-aged cheese.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2004 Crosara blossoms on the palate with layers of ripe, dark fruit. Deceptively medium in body, this beautifully balanced Crosara shows remarkable harmony and finesse. Sweet notes of menthol and licorice linger on the finish. The 2004 remains surprisingly primary at this stage. Further bottle age will only help all the elements meld even more than they are at present. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024."
95 Points

"Dark in color, offering ripe black cherry and a mélange of fresh herbs and flowers, with black olive and a hint of black licorice. Full-bodied and rich, with a concentrated core of fruit and chocolate and coffee notes. Has a long, fruity finish. Very tempting now. Best after 2009."
93 Points

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For three generations the Maculan family has been selecting and vinifying the best grapes in Breganze, an enchanting village set like a small jewel at the foot of the Alps in Italy"s Veneto region. The surrounding mountains protect the area from cold winds, creating a perfect microclimate for the cultivation of vineyards. But it is Fausto Maculan"s drive and commitment, rather than...

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(vey-NEH-toe) Located in Northeast Italy, near the Austrian border, and one of the three regions making up the Tre-Venezie, Veneto is most famous for its city of love, Venice. In the wine world, Veneto is the top volume producer in the north of Italy. Production includes lovely spritzy Proseccos (also the grape name), as well as the easy-drinking white wine of Soave (made...

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Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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