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2015 Valtènesi “La Botte Piena”

La Basia

2015 Valtènesi “La Botte Piena” La Basia - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

With my secondi at Trattoria Caprini in Italy’s Veneto region, I had a hard time deciding which wine would go best with my straéca di cavallo. There was some Amarone on the table, but I felt it was far too powerful. Luckily,  I was sitting next to Giacomo Tincani, winemaker at La Basia, and he poured me a glass of his 2015 Valtènesi. Certo! Medium-bodied, deep red fruit aromas, and perfect with a grilled salt-and-peppered piece of meat. Giddy up!

Steve Waters

$16.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Gropello, Sangiovese, Marzemino, Barbara
Appellation: Valtènesi DOC
Country: Italy
Region: Lombardy
Producer: La Basia
Winemaker: Giacomo Tincani
Vineyard: 15 – 50 years, 3 ha
Soil: Moraine, with sandy clay
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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About Lombardy

Italy’s most populous region and the home of its most influential wine critic, the late Luigi Veronelli of Milan, Lombardia holds its share of enological secrets. Dominated by the vast expanses of the Po Valley, the region encompasses Alpine peaks in the north, along the Swiss border, as well as Apennine foothills in its southwest where viticulture plays a major role.

The metodo classico sparklers of Franciacorta, plus Oltrepò Pavese’s still and sparkling wines, enjoy the most renown, yet Lombardia’s richness of different soils and microclimates mean there is much more for the curious palate. The Alpine Nebbiolos of Valtellina are certainly of note, while the region’s picturesque lakes (Maggiore, Como, and Garda, to name a few) provide a moderating effect on climate favorable to high-quality wine production.

The southern shores of Lake Garda in particular boast a number of interesting wine zones. Indigenous grapes like Groppello and Marzemino thrive in these soils of glacial deposit, creating unique reds (plus the ubiquitous Chiaretto rosé) from the Garda and Valtènesi DOCs. The wines of our first and only Lombardia producer, La Basia, are delicious representations of this middle ground between plains and mountains, and perfectly complement the region’s famous cheeses and other local specialties.

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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