APPEARANCE: Deep garnet with slight purple tinge; some signs of ageing on rim
AROMAS: Attractive blend of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant; oaky, with overtones of cedar and eucalyptus
TASTE: Intense concentration of warm dark, ripe fruits with a fresh, lifted acidity, and well integrated oak. Some meaty or yeasty flavours have developed in what is a mature wine; traces of vanilla from US oak barrel ageing are also apparent. Tannins are robust but rounded, while finish is pleasantly lingering
FOOD PAIRING: Best enjoyed with well flavoured red meat dishes, especially lamb, beef, game or venison, stews and casseroles, curried and spiced dishes, or mature cheeses
OVERALL: Just 1400 bottles produced, this is a powerful and exuberant red, drinking very well now but will keep for another 2-3 years
The Pizzato winery is well known for its red wines and in particular for their structure and longevity. It is no coincidence that winemaker Flavio’s reds, from his ‘Gran Reserva’ range through to his ‘Fausto’ branded second line, are all barrel-aged to a greater or lesser extent. Julia Harding MW awarded this Cab Sauv 17/20 in Jancis Robinson’s ‘Purple Pages’, while Decanter magazine gave it a 4 star rating.
If you like this, try Gran Reserva Concentus, from the same producer a delightful, super- heavyweight red blend comprising Cab Sauvignon, Merlot & Tannat