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Italy: Regional Italy: Cabernet

What about Italian Cabernet?
Cabernet—both Sauvignon and Franc—is widely grown around Italy, and is by no means confined to Tuscany where it forms a major component in many of the finest Super Tuscan blends (for top Tuscan Cabernets refer to the Super Tuscan Best Producer list). While many Italian regions have recently incorporated the varietals in an imitation of the Super Tuscan movement, northeastern Italy has actually been working with the varietals for the better part of the last century. Styles range from heady, oaky, New World-style wines in the south to herbaceous, varietally pure, Bordeaux-accented wines in Alto-Adige, the Veneto, and Friuli.

Premier Producers
Bolla (Creso Cabernet Sauvignon, Veneto)
Ca’ del Bosco (Maurizio Zanella Bordeaux Style Blend, Sebino)
Gaja (Darmagi Cabernet Sauvignon, Piemonte)
Hofstätter (Yngram Cabernet Sauvignon)
Sergio Nardin (Vigna Melonetto Bordeaux Style Blend, Lison Pramaggiore)
Fratelli Oddero (Fureste Cabernet Sauvignon, Piemonte)
Tenuta La Palazza (Drei Dona Magnificat Cabernet Sauvignon, Forli)

Great Producers
Ceretto (La Bernardina Cabernet Sauvignon, Piemonte)
Conte Collalto (Riserva Cabernet, Piave)
Dotto Lidio (Ercolano Cabernet, Coli Euganei)
Conte Alessandro Piovene (Vigneto Pozzare Cabernet, Colli Berici)
Maculan (Brentino Breganze Rosso Bordeaux Style Blend, Veneto)
La Montecchia (Cabernet Sauvignon & Godimondo Cabernet, Veneto)
Sant’ Elena (Ròsi di Rôl & Tato Bordeaux Style Blends, Friuli)
Sergio Nardin (Vigna Melonetto Cabernet Sauvignon, Lison Pramaggiore)
Setten (Nabucco Bordeaux Style Blend, Veneto)
Schiopetto (Cabernet Franc, Friuli)
Torre Rosazza (Ronco della Torre Cabernet Sauvignon, Friuli)
Molon Ornella Traverso (Vite Rossa Bordeaux Style Blend, Veneto)
Venegazzu (Loredan Gasparini Bordeaux Style Blend, Veneto)
Villa Frattina (Cabernet Franc, Lison Pramaggiore)
Zonin (Berengario Bordeaux Style Blend, Venezia-Giulia)

Dependable Producers
Borgo Magredo (Braida Vieri Cabernet Sauvignon, Friuli)
Concilio (Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Trentino)
Conte Collalto (Normale Cabernet, Piave)
Leonardini (Cabernet Sauvignon, Veneto)
Moletto (Cabernet Franc, Lisson Pramaggiore)
Scarlatta (Cabernet, Veneto)
Soraval (Cabernet Sauvignon, Trentino)
Villa Brunesca (Vigna Tilia Cabernet, Piave)
Zamo & Zamo (Cabernet & Abbazia di Rosazza Bordeaux Style Blend, Friuli)

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