The second wine from Bottega Vinai we selected for WineCollective, this Cabernet Sauvignon, is emblematic of the type of elegance possible in full-bodied grapes when they're grown at high altitude. Trentino, where Bottega Vinai is based, has some of the most stunning geography in Italy, if not the entire world - steep mountain slopes lined with terraced vineyards, high above the valley floor. Blessed with a climate of warm days and cool nights, and with a distinct alpine influence, the region produces some of Italy's finest aromatic whites and complex reds. This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Vallagarina valley, where the cool nights typical of the region allow for extended ripening time. After being harvested by hand, the grapes are fermented slowly in stainless steel before being aged in a mixture of French and Slavonian oak barriques and casks. The final wine is ready to be enjoyed now at a cool 18 C, but it will age gracefully for at least another 3-5 years.
Characteristic aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, and blackberry jam are the first thing you'll notice in this opaque red, followed by notes of vanilla and tobacco from barrel ageing. There's an appealing woodsiness, almost like dry leaves or underbrush, that keep the sweet fruit notes in balance.
Rich and ripe on the palate, with developed, silky tannins. The fruit notes are the star, with more blackcurrant, warm blueberry compote, and fresh raspberry. The finish is long and dry, and it's structured enough to justify a bit of time in a decanter if you're enjoying it young. Don't be afraid to forget about a bottle or two in the cellar for a few years, though: there's enough going on to reward further bottle ageing.
This is a versatile Cabernet that is structured enough to pair with dishes like roast lamb or game, but elegant enough to match with a lighter pasta Pomodoro.