One More Look Back at the Veneto
I’m back from the Veneto and after quite a few tours and tastings (and not just of Amarone) I can safely put together my short list of incredible wines that still haunt my palate and that will hopefully see our shores here in Canada (but are easy to find if you hop the next plane to Italy).
Before you go you might want to check out the new “Valpolicella Wines” app, which has a use even for those not visiting anytime soon, its ‘wine notes’ taking section. Check it out.
Also interesting to note, a new grape has been authorized for use in the region: Spigamanti (August 2013) bringing the grand total of allowed grapes to 18.
Here are the wines you should beg, borrow or steal – meaning, anyway you can get them is alright by me – just don’t tell anyone I said that, and don’t forget to invite me over if and when you acquire a bottle.
San Cassiano 2010 Ripasso Superiore
Mocha, black cherry, cassis and spiced plum grab the nose and won’t let go, it all follows onto the palate adding anise to the mix; great balancing acidity.
Cantina Valpantena 2011 Torre del Falasco Ripasso Superiore
Aromas of black cherry and plum, while on the palate its smooth, almost creamy, with dark fruit, but then the acid kicks in on the finish. Great for sipping.
Le Marognole 2011 Valpolicella Classico
Best straight Valpolicella I tried on the trip: pretty ruby colour, raspberry and cherry aromas and flavours, has nice elegance and a really pleasant finish.
Bolla 2008 “le Origini” Amarone Classico Riserva
Nose of plum, black cherry, chocolate and strawberry jam; the palate has a richness of fruit, balanced by nice acidity and punchy tannins, you hardly notice the 16% alcohol.