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Italian Wine, Red Wine, Loredan Gasparini Venegazzù, Riserva "Capo di Stato" Bordeaux Blend 2008

Loredan Gasparini Venegazzù - Riserva "Capo di Stato" Bordeaux Blend 2009


Wine Style: Red - Dry - Still  
Region: Veneto    
Appellation: Montello DOC
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec
Alcohol: 14%
Bottle Size: 750 ml

The Winery

Azienda Agricola Conte Loredan Gasparini is located in Venegazzù of Volpago del Montello, on the slopes of the Riviera in the heart of Marca Trevigiana, Veneto region. This is an area historically acclaimed for its quality wine production; so much so that in 1590 the historian Bonifacio sang its praises in his “Trevigiana History” sustaining that “the Trevigi countryside has woodlands useful for timber and for hunting…the land produces (…) excellent wines and the most remarkable is the one of the Montello Riviera” which consists of clay rich in iron and minerals.

Founded in the 1950s by Count Piero Loredan, direct descendant of the Doge of Venice Leonardo Loredan (who chose the territory of “Vignigazzu” to establish his residence in a magnificent Palladian villa), in 1973 the business passed under the property and direction of the present owner, Mr. Giancarlo Palla. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec are the main varietals grown on the estates' 60 hectares of land.

Created by Count Loredan as a “Venegazzù Superiore” in the “Riserva della Casa”, this wine was often used for special occasions in the city of Venice. Indeed, during the 1960s, this wine numbered many heads of state among its admirers – a fact which, of course, has led to the name it bears: "Head of State". Capo di Stato starts life in a selection of grapes, in particular those from an old vineyard planted in 1946 and known fondly as “the 100 Plants”.

This vineyard is located in Venegazzù (40km north of Venice in the province of Treviso), where the Montello terroir confers its truly unique character. The grape varieties are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec from old clones. The wine is always original, profound, with a warm colour, intense boquet and rich aromas of soft fruits and spices. Through its body and fabric and its sweet tannins, it persuades the palate of an infinite silkiness.

This wine has, then, a strong personality: never flattened, never fitting into the humdrum variations of fruit combed with oak: it will always express itself with aromatic originality, bringing a fighting spirit to its tasting.