Varietal: 100% Marzemino Nero
Geography: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Veneto IGT
As featured in The New York Times article The Pour: 20 Wines for Under $20: Weeknight Pleasures for Relaxed Evenings by Eric Asimov
"The marzemino grape is practically unknown today, but its history in northeastern Italy stretches back for centuries. This red from Contrà Soarda, which also makes a fine white from the equally obscure vespaiolo grape, is rich yet high-toned. After five years, this wine’s potent tannins have smoothed out, allowing earthy raspberry flavors to emerge. It is delicious with meatballs or pizza."
Vinification: 20 days fermentation in steel, with indigenous yeasts. The malolactic occurs in steel. 1 year aging in barriques and tonneaux not new, 1 year in the bottle before release.