When it comes to wine, the Veneto is known mostly for Amarone and Prosecco di Valdobbiadene but the region is home to many other interesting wines including 13 DOCG and 21 DOC titles. The diversity is incredible and ranges from bold reds to light sparklers. Not too long ago, I wrote about a Custoza Superiore from Cantina Gorgo – A Veneto wine that you should definitely try. Today I want to focus on the wines from Villa Merighi, a winery located about 20 kilometres east of Verona.
Villa Merighi is based in the heart of Veneto’s Bardolino DOC and Custoza DOC wine production area. Both appellations are named after small villages: Bardolino is a town on the eastern shore of the scenic Lake Garda and the appellation is exclusively for red wine and rosè/rosato. South-east of Lake lies the Custoza, which is known for its white wines, and further east the city in which three Shakespeare plays are set, the most famous one being Rome and Juliet: Verona.
Two important Strade del Vino, Italian for Wine Routes, connect dozens of mostly small and medium-sized wineries from both production areas. Of course, I’m talking about the Strada del vino Custoza and Strada del vino Bardolino. The Veneto is full of beautiful wine routes and if you ever visit the region I highly encourage you to drive along at least one of them. A stunning landscape and great wines await you. One of the wineries along these wine routes is Villa Merighi.
Villa Merighi has its vineyards on the morainic hills outside of Verona and they produce five wines: Two whites, two reds and one rosato.
Let’s get to the tasting notes, shall we?
2014 Villa Merighi Bianco di Custoza DOC
This is a classic Custoza blend: Cortese, Garganega and Trebbiano are blended with small amounts of Chardonnay and Trebbianello. Fermentation and aging take place in stainless steel tanks. In the glass, the wine has pale yellow color. Aromas of green apple, lime zest and hints of peach and apricot. On the palate, very fresh with a strong acidity. Quite mineral. Notes of fresh fruit and hints of bitter almonds. Long finish. Easy-to-drink, well-balanced Custoza. 12.5%ABV.
2014 Villa Merighi Pinot Grigio Verona IGT
Here we have a varietal Pinot Grigio. The grapes get harvest in early September and are vinified in steel vats. Straw-yellow color. Acacia honey, mayblossom and red apple aromas. In the mouth, dry, mineral and very fruity with a medium acidity. Long-lasting finish. 12.5%
2014 Villa Merighi Bardolino Chiaretto DOC
This rosato is a traditional Bardolino blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella. This set of grapes is also used in the Valpolicella to produce wines like Amarone but that’s about all the two wines have in common. Harvest begins in the first week of September and ends in early October. The Chiaretto has a clear pink color and opens with raspberry and some ginger. On the palate, dry with a medium acidity. Refreshing wine with a light body. Medium-long aftertaste. 12.0% ABV
2014 Villa Merighi Bardolino DOC
Villa Merighi’s Bardolino is made from the same set of grapes as the Chiaretto with one exception: Small amounts of Negrara are added to the blend. Both, fermentation and aging take place in steel tanks. Ruby red color in the glass. Fruit-driven wine with intense aromas of woodland strawberries, raspberries, viola and hints of blackcurrant. In the mouth, dry, fresh and slightly mineral. Notes of strawberries. The Bardolino has a medium-light body and a medium sapidity. Very soft tannins. This is a quaffable, every-day wine which is typical for the reds from Lake Garda. 12.5% ABV.
2013 Villa Merighi Fiore Rosso Verona IGT
Fiore Rosso is a blend of Marzemino, Retico and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a deep ruby red color. The nose opens with blackberries and viola, followed by red cherries and plums. On the palate, dry, fresh and well-balanced. The wine has a good structure, smooth tannins and a medium-full body. There are notes of forest fruits. Lingering aftertaste. 13% ABV.
This wraps up my review of the new Villa Merighi wines. Please note that none of these wines are yet available but these new vintages will be put in commerce shortly (a matter of a few weeks). I received them as a sample because I represent Villa Merighi at the ProWein trade fair in Düsseldorf. All views are my own. For more information on my sample policy click here.
If you are going to ProWein then I’m looking forward to seeing you. You can find me in hall 15, stand 15D41. With that said, I’m making my last preparations for ProWein which begins this Sunday. Tomorrow I’ll attend the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting – an event which I am very excited about because hundreds and hundreds of Once I’m back from Düsseldorf I’ll head to Verona for VinItaly. A packed schedule but I’ll try to find some time to blog about all these awesome events.