Undoubtedly one of the stars of Brazil and the finest set of wines tasted on my trip, these wines define what is possible in the region. Surprisingly, the winery does not use any oak for aging. Instead, the fruit is allowed to express itself simply and unfettered as it is aged in stainless steel.
The vines that Carraro uses are located around the winery and in the neighboring region of Campanha. Founded in 1998 and first producing wine in 2002, Carraro has grown production from 40 hectares (100 acres) of vineyards to some 11,000 12-bottle cases a year. The youth of the winery should not be mistaken for inexperience though, as Lidio is the fifth generation of Carraro grape growers. He is now practicing organic and has years of experience in the industry. It shows, but experience alone is not sufficient to produce these wines. There is genius at work here.
Top Wine Tasted: 2006 Lidio Carraro Tannat Grande Vindima 94pts