~ Piazza della Erbe in Verona ~
“I make wines with a soul, that are true to nature, to the terroir of our land, of Veneto.”  –  C. Scrinzi
A little over three years ago I was lucky enough to attend an exclusive winemaker dinner with Christian Scrinzi, the new head of operations at Bolla.  I remarked at the time rather plainly that Bolla was undergoing a renaissance; a quality revival that should not be overlooked.  Since that time, I’ve stocked up on several of the wines highlighted in that article and have covered them here.  Today, the Renaissance rolls on with Bolla’s newest rosso. 
~ The Roman Colosseum in Verona is still used for concerts today ~
If you enjoy the Rispasso style, and admittedly it’s not for everyone, there are plenty of delicious offerings from Bolla that fit neatly into most budgets.  Today’s article is a review of their newest wine – in fact, so new that it’s not even represented on the Bolla website as of this writing.  
The 2012 Bolla Torr’Alta is an IGT Veronese Rosso blend containing the indigenous Corvina and Rondinella grapes of Amarone fame, but with additions of Merlot and Cabernet.  
The grapes are vinified in stainless steel and then aged for one year in new oak barrels before a few months in bottle prior to release.   
A medium violet color gives way to aromas of raspberry, vanilla, sandalwood and soft spice notes.  On the palate, the wine is fresh and lively, medium bodied and displays notes of berry, vanilla and flowers.  Smooth and easy to drink, this is an every day wine that pairs well with pasta and grilled chicken.  Versatile and budget friendly, this is an interesting departure from the every day reds of Tuscany or Piedmont.  Very tasty.  88 points, about $12-$14. 

Disclosure:  This bottle was an importer provided sample.
~ The Torr’Alta is a contraction of the words Torre Alta, or High Tower. A nod to the many Campanile in Verona ~

 The Renaissance Rolls.
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