The 2015 Bianco, a varietal Dorona, shows a unique bouquet of dried peaches and apricots, as hints of green melon add freshness before evolving further with an enriching and bassy note of almond paste. It’s silky in texture, firmed up by tart orchard fruits, saline-mineral tones and acids while becoming quite floral in nature. This finishes dry, structured and salty, with lingering sour citrus and hints of hazelnut. The 2015 Bianco is really very pretty and suggests medium-term cellaring potential.
The 2012 Rosso, a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, shows a pretty display of musky woodland berries, peppery florals and hints of blood orange. It’s silky yet poised, with crunchy red fruits and saline-mineral tones, as youthful tannins slowly saturate under an air of rosy inner florals. This finishes quite structured and dry, revealing hints of cranberry and pomegranate, as residual acids pinch at the cheeks. A few years of cellaring should unlock further depths.
Deep golden-tinged straw color. Apple, orange oil, chamomile and tea leaves on the nose and in the mouth. Offers noteworthy salinity on the tactile mouthfeel of macerated grapes; finishes long and clean with a savory bite. I like this slightly lighter-styled version than some that speak of heavier, longer skin contact.
Complex and compelling, this deeply colored white boasts aromas of orange zest, eucalyptus honey, sea breeze and balsamic notes. Made with Dorona, a nearly extinct grape from Venice, the polished focused palate doles out mature yellow peach, maple syrup and almond accompanied by a savory mineral vein. Fresh acidity lifts the dry finish and bestows an age-worthy structure. Drink through 2023.
The wine is golden in color and instantly spicy on the nose with salty notes and nuances of fleshy yellow fruit. On the palate it is well-structure, full and velvety with quince notes and traces of licorice and honey. The finish is dry, savory, fully and persistent. Venissa is a great collector’s white wine with a long life expectancy.
This wine stands out for its ruby red color with violet nuances. On the nose it offers notes of salt marsh flowers together with a fruity sensation that recalls dark woodland fruit such as blackberries and blueberries and more complex expressions like tobacco with briny notes. On the palate, a balsamic and salty perception, followed by a sensation of dark fruit, licorice and dark chocolate. The finish presents a wine that is mellow and creamy with long lasting persistence.