Don’t let the Italians drink all their best Wines

Going out for Italian meal for many Brits is a Pizza and a bottle of house plonk!  It is slight on foodie Britain that we don’t embrace Italy’s gastronomy like we do others.  Italian food is very much more than slab of humble flat bread pizza and dish of pasta, for example, they have over 350 Michelin starred restaurants of which 9 are 3-star Michelin that’s nearly twice as many as we have in UK. Moreover, and their very best wines compete with the great wines from France. Not tried wonderful Italian food yet?  Check out my blog on Stecca – one of UK’s best Italian restaurants.

Italy produces some very serious red and white wines, but in most cases our British Italian wine buyers leave them behind in Italy. There is always an excuse: they don’t have the volume, quality Italian wines are too expensive for our customers.  Don’t let the Italians drink all their best wines.

All the wines tasted below are from Tenute Ca Botta in Veneto, North East Italy. Unlike most wines they are made from freshly picked grapes that have been dried. This process concentrates the grapes sugars and flavours, which results in deep coloured red wines, intense aroma and rich flavour from the whites.  If you want to know more about how the wines are made click the Winemaking/Production info on each wine. Enjoy

Whites

2014 La Callaia, Bianco Veronese , Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, Alc.15.5%,   £77.00

Phew this is some wine! Produced from dried Riesling & Garganega grapes it delivers a wine that’s rich multilayered with aromas and flavours of ripe peach, pears, honey, vanilla threaded with fine acidity and finished with a subtle lick of oak. The 2014 La Callaia oozes class from first sniff to the last swallow.  An expensive treat but worth it!
Score:  10/10
Available from
http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking & Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/la-callaia-bianco-veronese-igt/

2019 Tenuta Soprazocco Riesling Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, Alc. 14%, £11.00

Don’t like the petrol notes and the sharp piecing acidity of Riesling grape from Germany, then you  should try the dried grape version from Veneto Italy. The Tenuta is a real treat.
Score:  8/10
Available from http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking & Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/tenuta-soprazocco-garda-riesling-doc/

2019 le Pergolette, Garganega, Veronese, Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, 14%  Alc. £14.00

Serious wine. Garganega is the same grape that makes the almost flavourless Soave, but when grapes are dried  you have flavours of honey peaches, apricots threaded with fresh acidity.
Score 7/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking & Production info: http://cabottavini.com/wine/le-pergolette-garganega-bianco-veronese-igt/

2019 le Poggie Bianco , Garganega, Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, 13.5%  Alc. £7.50

Easy drinker. Produced from dried Garganega is the same grape that makes the almost flavourless Soave. Subtle notes of peaches and ripe pears.
Score7/10
Available from http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking & Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/le-poggie-bianco-verona-igt/

Rosé/Rosato

2019 Le Renette Rosato Verona Ca’Botta Veneto, Italy, 12.5% Alc. £7.00

Quality Rosato/Rosé wine that present ripe raspberry notes that dance on the tastebuds right through to the swallow. Unfortunately, for drinkers too many consumers have concurred with my opinion, and they have bought the vintage out! You’ll have to wait for the next vintage to taste it.
Score: 9/10

Reds

2015 Il Priore Rosso Veronese Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, 19.0 % Alc. £106.00


A deep ruby dry wine that’s rich, harmonious and super smooth. An expensive treat, but worth it!
Score 10/10
Available from http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking & production info: http://cabottavini.com/wine/il-priore-rosso-veronese-igt/

2015 Prometeo Amarone della Valpolicella, Ca Botta, Veneto, Italy, 17%, £44.00

This is best tasting Amarone I have tasted. Silky smooth with flavours beating in perfect harmony from sip to swallow.
Score: 10/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/wine
Winemaking and production info: http://cabottavini.com/wine/prometeo-amarone-della-valpolicella-doc/

2012 PIan di Mezzo Amarone Della Valpolicella Riserva Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, 17.0 % Alc. £49.00

Powerful Amarone wine that presents notes of rich cherry, spiky spice, creamy  coconut all threaded with ripe acidity and finished with a French oak lick. 
Score: 8/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking/Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/pian-di-mezzo-amarone-della-valpolicella-docg-riserva/

2016 Tenuta  Cajo Amarone Della Valpolicella Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, 16.0 % Alc. £35.00

Rich red wine that delivers notes of cherries, spice and chocolate  threaded with firm acidity finished with an American oak twist. The maturation in the perfumed French oak would have been a better option  with this wine.
Score: 7/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking/Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/tenuta-cajo-amarone-della-valpolicella-docg/

2016 Tenuta Costa Rossa Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore,  Ca Botta, Veneto,  Italy, 14.5% Alc. £20.00

Does not have the alcoholic power or the richness of an Amarone, but if you want the aroma and flavour without the price tag, then this  Ripasso is worth a punt. 
Score: 6/10

Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
http://cabottavini.com/wine/tenuta-costa-rossa-valpolicella-ripasso-doc-superiore/

2017 Alta Valpolicella Ripasso, Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, 14.0% Alc. £14.00

Richer and more drinkable than regular Valpolicella, but I’ve tasted much better than this.
Score: 6/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking/Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/valpolicella-ripasso-doc-superiore-alta/

2017 Torcinato Valpolicella, Superiore, Ca Botta, Rosso, Veneto Italy, 15.0% Alc. £15.00

Tastes more like Amarone than a basic Valpolicella and certainly better than Ca Botta’s Ripasso.  
Score: 8/10

Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking/Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/torcinato-valpolicella-doc-superiore/

2018 Alta Valpolicella Superiore, Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, 13.5% Alc. £10.00

Richer than basic Valpolicella and certainly more enjoyable to drink without food.
Score: 6/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
http://cabottavini.com/wine/valpolicella-doc-superiore-alta/

2016 Cerviero Ca Botta, Rosso, Veneto Italy, 14.5% Alc. £14.00

Does not have the knockout alcohol content, tastewise it is a serious alternative to Amarone.  Score: 8/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking/Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/cerviero-rosso-veneto-igt/

2018 Rubicondo Rosso Verona, Ca Botta, Veneto Italy, 13.5% Alc. £8.00

Soft and rich easy drinking red wine that will complement food well. 
Score: 7/10

Available from: http://cabottavini.com/
Winemaking/Production info:  http://cabottavini.com/wine/rubicondo-rosso-veneto-igt/

2019 Foglie di Ca Botta, Merlot, Veneto, Italy, 13% Alc. £8.00

Wonderful value for money. Rich ripe damson fruited Merlot wine that has ‘I must have another glass quality’.
Score: 9/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/

2019 Foglie di Ca Botta, Cabernet Sauvignon, Veneto, Italy, 13% Alc. £8.00

Quaffing wine that delivers pronounced ripe black fruits all for under tenner.
Score: 8/10
Available from: http://cabottavini.com/

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