Meet and taste with Nadia Zenato at Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience Oct. 17-19

We’ve just learned that Nadia Zenato will be pouring Zenato and Sansonina wines at the Wine Spectator “New York Wine Experience” tasting October 17-19 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square.

The annual New York Wine Experience is one of the most prestigious tasting events in the U.S. Each year, the magazine’s editors select nearly 300 of their top-rated wineries to participate — by invitation only. This year, Zenato will be one of 273 wineries pouring and talking about their wines.

Click here for ticketing information.

And click here to view the list of this year’s wineries.

It’s a veritable who’s-who of European and American wine royalty!

Image via the Wine Spectator Facebook.

Monica Larner (Robert Parker): 95 points for Sansonina 2013 Merlot “Limited Edition”

Above: The organic vineyard where Sansonina Merlot is farmed.

We are thrilled to share another phenomenal score from leading Italian reviewer Monica Larner for Robert Parker. See all of Sansonina’s accolades here.

Sansonina 2013 Merlot Limited edition
95 points

The 2013 Merlot Limited Edition is intense, precise and sharp. It offers a near textbook rendition of slightly aged Merlot, with some of the unique characteristics that peg the wine to Northeast Italy. For example, it offers the dark fruit ripeness that is typical of a Mediterranean climate with some of the freshness and crispness that you get at the foot of the Italian Alps and the temperature shifts associated with Lake Garda. This full-bodied red offers rich fruit tones with pretty notes of pencil shaving and flint. The tannins are on the dry side with enough sweetness to pair with succulent pork or breaded veal. This wine is released in extremely limited numbers with only 400 bottles produced.

Monica Larner
Italian reviewer
Robert Parker
September 2019

Monica Larner (Robert Parker): “Beautifully delicious, 93+ points”

We are thrilled to share the following review of the 2016 Sansonina Merlot by leading Italian wine critic Monica Larner for Robert Parker.

Sansonina 2016 Merlot
93+ points

Beautifully delicious, the 2016 Merlot is an austere and proper expression of Merlot (made from fresh fruit) that stands tall and makes a great first impression. The wine is immediate and very open, but that does not mean it won’t hold for some near-term cellar aging. The bouquet shows cherry and sweet spice, all carefully dosed: not too strong and not too weak. I tasted bottle number 3,203.

Monica Larner
Italian reviewer
Robert Parker
September 2019

“A faithful interpretation of terroir”: Civiltà del Bere on Sansonina Rosso

The following note has been translated from the Civiltà del Bere website. Civiltà del Bere is one of Italy’s leading wine publications.

This wine is sourced from Merlot grapes grown in an ancient vineyard [above] that was brought back to life through meticulous work.

Thanks to the different experiences from their many trips abroad, mother and daughter [Carla Prospero and Nadia Zenato] are convinced that this international variety can deliver surprising results.

The clay subsoils in Lake Garda’s southern moraines bring to mind more noted soils where some of the world’s greatest Merlot is grown.

The bunches are picked with extreme care. Maceration, pre-fermentation, and spontaneous fermentation take place French oak casks — a savvy approach.

The wine then ages in different sizes of French oak. The resulting blend stands apart for its aromatic character and its faithful interpretation of the terroir.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Sansonina Merlot “loaded with considerable charm and no shortage of personality… 93 points””

The following tasting note for the 2007 Sansonina Merlot was posted by Antonio in 2011. This post is the first in our series of “accolades” for the winery. The bottle in the photo below is the 2014 vintage, the current release from the winery.

Sansonina 2007 Rosso IGT
93 points

The 2007 Merlot Veronese is a singular wine loaded with considerable charm and no shortage of personality. Layers of mocha, white flowers, French oak and sweet spices add complexity and nuance to the racy, super-ripe dark fruit. Despite its overt, lush personality, the 2007 also has plenty of focus and length. Sansonina’s Merlot has come a long way over the last few vintages as the estate seems to be finding its stride. This is a great showing.

Antonio Galloni
Vinous Media