“Cresasso” Corvina Veronese IGT by Zenato
Introducing the “Cresasso” Corvina Veronese by Zenato – a wine that marries the time-honored tradition of winemaking with the unique characteristics of the Veneto region in Italy. Crafted with diligence and passion, this wine is a 100% Corvina Veronese, offering a wine experience like no other.
Produced from vines that are 10-15 years old in the hilly zones of the Costalunga estate in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, this wine yields a limited 8 tons per hectare. The Corvina Veronese grapes are nurtured 300/350 meters above sea level in a mostly calcareous moraine terrain, rich in rock fragments and imbued with clay. This distinctive terroir adds to the wine’s mineral taste, enriching it with the sharp tannins that lend a pleasurably long-lasting finish.
Cresasso’s appearance is as captivating as its flavor, with its intense, deep ruby red color coloring the glass, while its thick, lingering legs slide down the edges. The wine’s bouquet, an enveloping olfactory spectrum, opens with pleasurable hints of red fruit, black cherry, blackberry, and plum, evolving into intense aromas of black cherry, cooked prune, and jam.
The process of vinification is an art in itself. The manual harvest is done in two distinct phases; an initial selection in the second half of September, with the grapes laid in crates and left to dry for two months. The fermentation follows for 20 days, and then the wine is aged in French oak casks for 24 months. The Corvina not collected during the harvest is left to over-ripen on the plant until the end of October, after which it is fermented in stainless steel tanks. The Cresasso is the blend of these two fermentations, creating an important structure and alcohol content of 15.5%.
Served best at 18°C, this robust Corvina is an excellent match for a variety of gastronomic delights. It pairs wonderfully with grilled meats, roasts, game, sausages, and salami. It also complements ripe cheeses and rich recipes that use tomato sauces and herbs.
In the words of the winemaker, “As I walked through my vineyards in Valpolicella, my first thought was to make a wine with distinctive character, a wine unique in its class. I wanted to create a wine that reflected the clay-rich, stony soils of our land. And at the same time, I wanted it to stand apart from the crowd for its personality and uniqueness.” And thus, the “Cresasso” Corvina Veronese was born – a wine that truly reflects the heart and soul of its region.