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Costaripa Mazane

2011 Intense ruby red in color, with characteristically fragrant aromas of ripe fruit (marasca cherries, strawberries) and violets; ample, very appealing; excellent balance & seductive roundness on the palate
$30.00 / Bottle   $360.00 / Case

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The Garda Classico and Lugana appellations, between Lake Garda and Brescia, form a gently rolling landscape. Geologically, the area goes back to some 70-80 million years ago, when glaciers melted, forming morainic amphitheaters, lakes and hills up to 980-990 feet, made up of around 60 different kinds of soil, from clay to limestone and rock, which supply wines with a wealth of beneficial quality components. Nestled among the hills on the western shore of Lago di Garda is the village of Moniga del Garda. In the words of Costaripa owner and winemaker Mattia Vezzola, Gambero Rosso's 2008 Winemaker of the Year for Bellavista winery, it is "one of the world's northernmost territories to enjoy a climate that is almost Mediterranean". True enough, the stretch of land between Saló and Limone reminds one of the Amalfi coast rather than Lombardy. The property now belongs to Mattia.

In 1936, Mattia's grandfather fell in love with these well ventilated, sloping morainic vineyards that face the lake and the rising sun, and purchased Molmenti's land. In the early 1970s, the estate took the name of Costaripa from the favorable position of the vineyards: in Italian, "costa ripa" means "coast/slope/steep hillside." I t was only in 1994 that a major quality revolution began on the family estate: Mattia applied the techniques he learned in Burgundy to halve yields per vine and use cold maceration and barrique ageing on the native Groppello grape. Results were so amazing that Mattia saw his convictions confirmed: by selecting native varieties, lowering crops and employing state-of-the-art technology,

One of Mattia's top priorities is precisely that of maximizing local potential with such intriguing indigenous grapes as the elegant Groppello or the fragrant Marzemino. Mattia, in particular, did some in-depth research on Groppello, known in the area for the past 500 years. Similar to Pinot Noir, it takes its name from the shape of the tightly knit, conical bunch, with blue, spherical berries.

Marzane is made from single-vineyard, 100% Marzemino (an ancient native red vine yielding small crops of distinct elegance), now DOC! Refraining from oak élevage enhances the variety's ripe red fruit flavors, crispness and fragrance. Grapes are severely selected in the vineyard, and classically vinified in red; exclusively evolves in stainless steel, so as to fully maintain the fragrance, crispness and freshness of its aromas and flavors.