The Zenato family has always been at the forefront of innovation in Valpolicella and often at odds with both tradition and the authorities – pushing boundaries to make the best wines possible regardless of what they’re forced to put on the label.
But this passion project doesn’t make any financial sense whatsoever. It’s drawn from one of the most precious and expensive vineyards in the entire region – the Costalunga Estate – the same vineyard (and grapes) from which Zenato crafts their seventy dollar Amarone.
The vineyard is a special place – perfectly positioned above Lake Garda – basking in the reflections off the lake allowing generally late-harvested Corvina to reach perfection year in and year out.
Their Pinot Grigio is not to be overlooked though. It’s a great little value white that sings with food. On the palate, it is smooth and refreshing with a long, pleasant finish. This baby is ideal with hors d’oeuvres, vegetable soups, fresh garden salads, grilled fish or pasta with cream sauce.
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The 2022 Brunori ‘Le Gemme’ Verdichio is everything you’re looking for in a vibrant, food-friendly white wine. About a billion times better than every-day Pinot Grigio, the Brunori is an electric, vibrant white which combines delicious fruit and vibrancy with boasts a killer nose of white peach, honeycomb and almonds. The fruit is wonderfully concentrated with a salty, stony finish that goes forever. The best part of this beauty is that it’s absolutely delicious year round.
2021 #67 WS Top 100
If you’ve never heard of Bisci, let’s start here. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called Giuseppe Bisci’s Verdicchio “one of the finest I’ve ever tasted,” and noted that “Verdicchio is one of the joys of Italian oenology that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and few producers do it better than Bisci.” A staple at $85/bottle for both French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park. “Verdicchio is one of the joys of Italian oenology that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and few producers do it better than Bisci.” – The Wine Advocate
91 Points, Vinous
The 2022 Buonora Etna Bianco is absolutely gorgeous. It’s an elegant, serious white wine with incredible depth and complexity that picks up nuance and body with each passing second it mixes with air. It’s incredible. It’s wines like this that NYT’s Eric Asimov is talking about, when he wrote of them, “earning attention among the most distinctive and unusual white wines in Italy, if not the world.” It’s a special, high-acid, mineral driven white.