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Vallena Valpolicella

Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone

  • 2020

  • Alc. 13%

  • Veneto

  • Italy

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Smell

The nose of this bright, ruby-red Valpolicella is fresh and inviting, with aromas of cherry, red currants, raspberry, and plum. Hints of fresh herbs, violets and earth emerge with air, but the overall impression is of tart red fruit with a hint of savouriness.

Taste

Medium-bodied on the palate, with juicy acidity and fine, dusty tannins. There's an abundance of sweet red fruit flavours, with more cherry and raspberry at the fore, along with a hint of red liquorice. The finish is lifted and bright. This is a great alternative to Pinot Noir or Gamay, and tastes even better served at a cool 16 C.

Pairing

Opt for Italian-American classics like pasta in red sauce or New York-style pizza - either would be the perfect match for this energetic red.

Aromas and Flavours

Cherry

Fresh B.C. cherries out of the back of a truck, all eaten before you can get them home!

Plum

Sweet, fruity and sensual, similar stone fruit aromas to a peach, but without the 'fuzziness.'

Raspberry

Tangy or sweet, juicy or tart: more sophisticated than a strawberry, but just as lush.

Bell Pepper

Fresh green, herbaceous notes in wine - a little is desired, a lot, not so much.

Herbs

Your windowsill herb garden gives off a lovely herbal smell every time you walk by.

Handling and Serving

Serving Temperature
16°C

Cellar
2021 - 2024

Description

Valpolicella, the baby brother to rich, raisiny Amarone, comes from Veneto in northeastern Italy. It's made from the same blend of local red grapes (Corvina, Rondinella, and Corvinone), but rather than drying them on straw mats before pressing as they do for Amarone, the grapes are pressed and fermented right after harvest. The resulting wine is much fresher and lighter than Amarone, but shares similar fruit flavours.

The Vallena property has been owned by successive generations of the same family since its purchase in 1832. Modern winemaking at the estate dates back to the late 1960s, when most of the current vines were planted by Gianfranco Tomezzoli, the father of current owner Riccardo Tomezzoli Tantini. Riccardo's daughter Rachele has since joined the family business, and is carrying on the Vallena tradition of quality-focused, artisanal winemaking.

Enjoy this fresh, vibrant Valpolicella at about 16 C over the next three years.

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