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Mazzi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sanperetto 2008

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Winemaker Notes

Ruby red with bouquet of cherries, violets and pepper. Full bodied taste, slightly acid with a slight bitter aftertaste due to the type of soil.

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Mazzi's 2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sanperetto is one of the finest Valpolicellas readers will find in this price range. Dark cherries, wild herbs, leather, licorice and pipe tobacco flow effortlessly from this rich, textured Valpolicella. The Sanperetto is a winner from Mazzi.
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Mazzi, Veneto, Italy
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The Mazzi farm has been in the family since the early 1900s and lies on the hills of Negrar, one of the five towns in the area of the classic Valpolicella. In the 60s, after finishing his agricultural studies, Roberto Mazzi started to bottle wine under the name of Sanperetto, already subdividing the production after the name of the vines.

The vineyards are located in an excellent position on the hills of Calcolare, Castel, Poiega, Sanperetto and Villa. The farm is now run personally by the sons Stefano and Antonio who combine tradition with innovation to produce Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella Classico.

A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine.

The sub-region of Valpolicella (meaning “valley of cellars” in Italian) is a series of north to south valleys and is the source of Veneto’s best red wine with the same name. Valpolicella—the wine—is juicy, spicy, tart and packed full of red cherry flavors. Corvina makes up the backbone of the blend with Rondinella, Molinara, Croatina and others playing supporting roles. Recioto and Amarone follow the same blending patterns but are made from grapes left to dry for a few months before pressing, resulting in wines that are intense, full-bodied, heady and often, quite cerebral.

Soave, based on the indigenous Garganega grape, is the famous white here—made ultra popular in the 1970s at a time when quantity was more important than quality. Today one can find great values on whites from Soave, making it a perfect choice as an everyday sipper! But the more recent local, increased focus on low yields and high quality winemaking in the original Soave zone, now called Soave Classico, gives the real gems of the area. A fine Soave Classico will exhibit a round palate full of flavors such as ripe pear, apricot, or yellow peach, have smoky and exotic aromas and a sapid, fresh, mineral-driven finish.

Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where the crisp and refreshing style is easy to maintain; the ultra-popular sparkling wine, Prosecco, comes from here as well.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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