Wine Review: 2001 Serafini & Vidotto – Il Rosso dell’Abazia – IGT Veneto

Last week I was inviting some friends for a dinner over and as time passed by some very good wine bottles were uncorked. Today’s review is dedicated to the 2001 Serafini & Vidotto Il Rosso dell’Abazia. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. I will mention the other wines at the end of the months in my monthly mini-review edition.

Serafini & Vidotto

Serafini & Vidotto is an Italian winery located near Treviso in the Veneto region that was founded in 1986 by Francesco Serafini and Antonello Vidotto. Francesco is an oenologist and the cellar master of the winery whereas Antonello dedicates his passion to the labor-intense work in the vineyard. The vineyard is located in the tiny and to many unknown Montello & Colli Asolani DOC, which covers a small area around the town of Asolo. The area is hilly and marks the transition from the Alps to Venetian plains.

Serafini & Vidotto produces 14 wines. Il Rosso dell’Abbazzia was the first wine produced by Serafini & Vidotto and is also considered, next to Phigaia, to be their flagship wine. The winery cultivates mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Glera (Prosecco).

Let’s take a closer look at the 2001 Serafini & Vidotto Rosso dell’Abazia. 

Tasting Notes

2001 Serafini & Vidotto -Il Rosso dell'Abbazzia - Veneto IGTRosso dell’Abazia is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks and barriques. After fermentation the different “wines” age between 15 and 24 months in oak. Back in 2001, the wine did not meet the Montello & Colli Asolani DOC requirements but a few years later the DOC was reformed and newer vintages of the Rosso dell’Abbazzia are now classified as Montello & Colli Asolani DOC. However, the 2001 vintage is classified as Veneto IGT.

Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly two hours.

In the glass, there was a garnet red color. Rosso dell’Abazia had a surprisingly low ABV of just 13% (many Italian wines that were made for aging have a higher ABV).

The nose, opened up with very intense aromas cherries, plums, pepper and vanilla. Tobacco and forest fruits showed up after additional time. Such a lovely and harmonic nose.

On the palate, Rosso dell’Abazia was extremely smooth, dry and quite warm. The wine was full-bodied, quite sapid, vivid and had a medium acidity, which is much needed to guarantee longevity.  Complex, flavorful wine with spicy notes. Spectacular, never-ending, balsamic finish.

4.5 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

Il Rosso dell’Abazia was one of the absolute highlights of the evening. The wine convinced all of us and I’m a little sad that this was my only bottle of 2001 Il Rosso dell’Abazia. The first time I came in contact with the wines of Serafini & Vidotto was during my time in Bologna, Italy. I used to frequently buy their wines but here in Munich it’s not so easy to find them but fortunatly some stores carry them from time to time. Back in Bologna I tried the 2004 Il Rosso dell’Abazia and from what I remember it was perfect, too. I love consistency between different vintages. I have a bottle of 2007 Il Rosso dell’Abazia left but I plan to keep it closed for some more years. 

This is wine shows that Veneto is capable of producing high quality red wines outside of the Valpolicella. 

Find Il Rosso dell’Abazia on Wine Searcher 

What are your thoughts about this Italian Bordeaux-blend? Let me know in the comment section below. Cheers!


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19 comments on “Wine Review: 2001 Serafini & Vidotto – Il Rosso dell’Abazia – IGT Veneto”

  1. Andy Andy Reply

    Nice description of the wine, Julian. I think I tried this wine at a Gambero Rosso world tour event. Was probably a different vintage though.
    Cheers!

  2. winetalks winetalks Reply

    I’ve never heard about the appellation nor about the wine. 2001 vintage seems to be unavailable in the US. This wine would be perfect for a wine tasting dinner that I’m invited to in mid-February. The theme is quite Northern Italian red wines. I thought about taking a Barbaresco or a Barolo but this wine seems to be less mainstream and so I might surprise some friends by bringing a Rosso del Abazzia. Wish me luck in finding a bottle 🙂

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Frank,
      Montello & Colli Asolani is a small, rather unknown DOC so it’s not a shame to not know it.
      I wish you luck finding this wine. You could look for a newer vintage if you don’t find the 2001 vintage. Newer vintage should be available more easily. According to Serafini & Vidotto the 2001 vintage is almost sold out.

  3. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Great post, Julian. Love reading your wine reviews – always straight to the point.
    I never really was a fan of Italian Cabernet/Merlot blends until I discovered the Caberlot. Are the two comparable?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Wineking3,
      Caberlot and Rosso dell’Abazia are not comparable really. First of all, Caberlot is produced from a grape variety called Caberlot whereas Il Rosso dell’Abazia is a blend of three varieties. Furthermore, Caberlot is a Tuscan wine and Rosso dell’Abazia comes from the Veneto.

  4. Sean P. Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful experiene. I red about serafini vidoto in the Gambero Rosso but haven’t tried any of their red wines yet. However their Prosecco rosè did not impress me..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Sean,
      When I lived in Bologna I somehow allowed missed to try the Prosecco line from Serafini & Vidotto. In my opinion, Phigaia (100% Pinot Nero) and Rosso dell’Abazia are however two excellent red wines. If you decide to try one of these wines then I hope they will impress you more than the Prosecco Rosé.

  5. Marco van Puff Reply

    There are so many DOCS in Italy – it’s hard to keep track of all of them.
    Sometimes a dinner with friends/family and a bottle of wine is all we need 🙂

  6. Suzanne Reply

    Wonderful review Julian, I can almost taste it. If I cannot find 2001 what year would you recommend for immediate drinking. You said you would be holding onto your 2007 for a few more years.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      I recommend you to buy the 2004 vintage. I very much enjoyed drinking that vintage at Eataly in Bologna. I just checked wine-searcher and it appears that Saratoga Wines, among others, is selling the wine in the U.S. I’m not familiar with prices for Italian wines in the US but 58$ seems to be a little overpriced in my opinion – at least from a European perspective.
      2004 and 2005 vintages are now ready for immediate drinking. 2006 I would keep another year or two and 2007 at least two years.

  7. Maria Isabella Rebecca Reply

    I am from Veneto region! I know the company very well and also the wine you describe! Excellent in my opinion, even if I prefer local grapes in general, native ones (like the “recantina”), this wine deserve full respect!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Maria,
      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad to hear that you agree with me that this is an excellent wine. I’ve never been disappointed by the Rosso dell’Abazia 🙂
      Cheers!

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