SalvaTerra 2010 Lazzarone, Rosso delle Venezie IGT
For this unique wine from the Veneto region of northern Italy grapes are sourced from two estate vineyards: Tenuta di Prun and Tenuta di Mezzane The small village of Prun overlooks Negrar in the upper part of Valpolicella Classico. It is world famous for the Quarries from which a special “Prun Stone” having a characteristic pinkish color is extracted. The Prun Stone was used to build the Verona Arena. The Tenuta di Prun is 1700 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest vineyards in Valpolicella and that alone makes it special. The vineyard is built on the marl of Prun covered with a thin soil layer. The Tenuta di Mezzane vineyards are divided into wide horizontal terraces ending on a beautiful plateau. The height starts from 1000 feet above sea level and reaches up to 1400 feet. In the lowest and steepest part is the Rondinella and on the very sunny and well exposed top is the Corvina. The wine is a blend of 60% Corvina, 25%Rondinella, 10% Corvinone and 5% other varieties of the territory. A selection of the best bunches (25%) are selected to be dried before vinification while the rest is vinified. The natural drying in the fruit cellar takes place over 30/40 days. The wine is aged 70% in American and French barriques for 9 months. Lazzarone is a vigorous wine, with intense structure and color, rich and spicy but soft and agreeable at the same time.