Mazzolada IGT Cabernet Sauvignon 17

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I love all of the tiny mom-and-pop vineyards and wineries that dot the European landscape. However, if you regularly read this newsletter, you know that I never rule out the large, well-managed Co-ops and the larger family-owned and operated estates. In many cases, they can be excellent sources of inexpensive diamonds-in-the-rough!

The Mazzolada estate is a prime example of a superbly managed large family-owned operation. They produce a wide range of terrific wines, and I find their entry-level bottlings of particular interest.

Third-generation vignerons, brother and sister Renato and Francesca Genovese are currently in charge of the property and continue the family's focus on quality and tradition. The family's estate stretches across one hundred hectares of vineyards, all in DOC and DOCG designations.

The Veneto Oriental IGT is one of several subregions of the greater Veneto, encompassing the eastern (Orientale) section of the Venezia province and parts of Treviso. White varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are prevalent here; however, small pockets are tucked away in the hills that produce perfectly fresh and lifted Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Mazzolada's Cabernet IGT del Veneto Orientale is a medium bodied red made with an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. After a quick swirl, you'll find generous aromas of red fruit and red licorice, leading to a fresh and lifted palate of red raspberry and plum.

The super-smooth palate and perfectly ripe tannins make this a winner for the porch and patio, and we'd also love it with burgers and simple grilled fare. It's also a great candidate for a light chill, making it a terrific red thirst quencher!

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