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2012 Giuseppe Lonardi Privilegia

2012 Giuseppe Lonardi Privilegia Rosso Veronese IGT, Veneto, Italy

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Today's Wine Comments:

Corvina & Cabernet Franc 120 Case Production

From the incomparable Giuseppe Lonardi, comes this revolutionary blend of Corvina, the primary grape in Amarone, and Cabernet Franc. It is elegant, with a delightful combination of bold Mediterranean fruits and a dusty potpourri finish. Matured for 22 months in French barriques, it is a neo-classic Italian wine that will age for 15 years, and a very limited production. Recently recognized by the Italian Sommelier Association as one of Italy's Top Wines.

Cabernet Franc, also grown in the Veneto, remains a rarity here. Together, the two varietals make for an elegant table wine showcasing dusty red and black plum fruit, cinnamon and clove spice and a fragrance of delicate purple flowers with a slightly bitter, structural finish that calls for lamb or beef. Drink this 2012 now or cellar for 5-10 years.

·    The Lonardi estate is a family-owned farm and winery run by second-generation vintner Silvia Lonardi.

·   Corvina is the signature grape for Amarone and Valpolicella. It makes a richly fruited, plummy wine absolutely different from anything made stateside.

​From the Winery:

Elegant red wine for aging, stellar even when uncorked 10 years after the harvest. It is obtained from the grape varieties Corvina and Cabernet Franc, harvested in our vineyards on the hills of Marano di Valpolicella, 350 meters above sea level. The vines are trained according to the traditional Veronese pergola and are between 10 and 30 years old. The well-defined aromatic character of this wine, spicy and with an aftertaste of ripe cherries, is determined by the slight drying process the grapes undergo before being crushed in November.

From the Winery:

Corte Lonardi is a small winery located in Marano, in the “green heart” of Valpolicella. Though the farm is quite young, its roots are immersed in the ancient rural and gastronomic history of the area. The current owner of the winery is Silvia Lonardi, the daughter of its founder Giuseppe Lonardi who, growing up between the fields and the tables of the family owned tavern, was able to combine his passion for wine and cuisine.
Silvia’s great-grandfather Giuseppe, nicknamed “il Bepi”, was the first to transform his love for good food and wine into a business by becoming a restaurateur, and her grandfather Aldo followed in his footsteps.  Sharing this passion with his family, in the early 80s Giuseppe began producing wine supported in this endeavor by his friend, the winemaker Roberto Ferrarini. In our days this farm produces high-quality wines which belong to the tradition of the Valpolicella region and endeavors to identify and enhance novel undiscovered values which lay in the soil of Marano hills, thanks to the fresh creative energy brought by the young daughter Silvia.

Pair this with any rich steak or venison dish. 

Wine Ratings

94 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

An interesting and delicious blend from the Veneto region of Italy, Lonardi's Privilegia immediately caught my attention. The esoteric Corvina grape, used as one of the bases of Valpolicella, blended with Cabernet Franc, one of my favorite varietals, made for a wine I couldn't pass up. Brick adobe, spiced leather, cranberry and a dash of hay on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with red cherry, pomegranate, a nice lava rock minerality, cedar and cigar box. Mushroom and cranberry pop out through the finish. A must-have for any Italian lover. 94 Points - JZ Nov '18

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