Italian Indigenous Varieties: Marzemino Nero

Originally Marzemino hailed from the Veneto but spread quickly to other regions such as Lombardy, Trentino, Emilia and Friuli. The grape is featured in Mozart’s Opera “Don Giovanni in this phrase which Giovanni utters to Leporello, “Versa il vino! Eccellente Marzimino!” It is often blended with Barbera, Groppello, Merlot or Sangiovese. In Trentino, it has often been made into a monovarietal wine.

Marzemino is sensitive to fungal diseases. The grape ripens late. It makes ruby red wines with acidity, not pronounced tannins and distinctly fruity aromas of violet.

The one in the picture above comes from San Michele in Capriano del Colle in Lombardy.

An interesting grape variety, I could see it taking hold in the States someday as by the glass pours.

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