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2014 Valtènesi “La Botte Piena”

La Basia

2014 Valtènesi “La Botte Piena” La Basia - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant


The local Groppello grape stars in this delightful, quaffable red from the shores of Lake Garda. Beyond being a lot of fun to say, Groppello offers a light-bodied frame and energetic, bright fruit flavors that provide the elemental pleasure we seek in wine. Giacomo Tincani, the current winemaker at La Basia, concisely summarizes this Groppello-based blend as “Mediterranean flavors on a mountain structure.” Notes of wild herbs and shrubbery mingle with fresh, ripe, dark fruits over soft and cozy tannins, lifted by a bright acidity. A bargain everyday quaffer from an unheralded region, this wine is also exceptionally versatile at table. At the estate, it was served alongside fettuccine tossed with fragrant porcini mushrooms and a sprinkle of chopped parsley, but this is truly a vino da tutto pasto: a red you can pop open for whatever reason you damn want. –Anthony Lynch


  • Vintage 2014
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend 80% Groppello, 10% Barbera, 5% Sangiovese, 5% Marzemino
  • Appellation Valtènesi DOC
  • Country Italy
  • Region Lombardy
  • Vineyard 15 – 50 years, 3 ha
  • Soil Moraine, with sandy clay
  • Winemaker Giacomo Tincani
  • Aging Maceration lasts 6 days, then wine is aged for 9 months in stainless steel tanks, and aged in bottle for at least 3 months
  • Farming Sustainable
  • Alcohol 12.5%

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