I have a fondness for the wines from the Veneto region, with its wide spectrum of styles and varieties offering something for everyone. The star tends to be Amarone, but the lesser known wines of Valpolicella Classico and Ripassa style, can really offer exceptional wines for the money. They can also pack some really concentrated flavors with softer tannins which make them a good crossover for those looking to take the leap from the new world.
The owner/winemaker, Igino Accordini, is a traditionalist who grows his grapes only in the original Valpolicella zone. The whole region was expanded after it acquired its DOC in 1968 with the original portion designated Valpolicella Classico. The grapes for this come from an area called Le Bessole, located on the hills of the commune of Negrar. The blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Rossignola are dried on racks until November, then are aged on the lees for 15 days.
This is not your typical Valpolicella, it has a weightiness on the palate due to the vinification process, however, the vibrancy of the fruit still comes through. That rich, almost smoky, plum and cherry fruit, combined with a good acid core make this a really special bottle that you can taste with Greg Knapps of Lirette Selections this Friday, 7/23, along with 3 other new Italian wines. There are only 4 cases left and they will go fast. $19.99
Check out my post on the region of Valpolicella and it's wonderful wines, Valpolicella, Old World Appeal with a New World Punch.