Allegrini Valpolicella 2016

This Valpolicella from Allegrini is bottled under screwcap and opens to restrained aromatics of red fruits and sour cherry.  The palate is medium bodied and fruity with quite firm acidity and a short length finish.  Overall, this is a wine to be consumed in its youth and is pleasant enough.  Quite prominent acidity sees some […]

Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014

This is a very good Valpolicella from Zenato made even better when paired, as it was, with a delicious pizza from Lucio Pizzeria in Darlinghurst.  It’s mostly corvina, seasoned with rondinella and molinara.  These are all grape varieties little seen in Australia, but the classic Valpolicella (and Amarone) combination.  In the glass, there are aromas […]

Something a bit different; Masi Campofiorin Nectar Angelorum Hominibus 2011

From the Rosso del Veronese IGT, this wine is a Valpolicella blend of corvina, rondinella and molinara.  But mostly corvina (70%), the well regarded red grape from the region.  It’s also made using an extra fermentation.  The first is a normal primary one.  The second less so; the wine is re-fermented with 25% semi-dried grapes […]

A couple of Venetos; Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico 2014 and Speri Amarone della Valpolicella 2011

I don’t drink too many Valpolicellas.  While Italian grapes such as nebbiolo and sangiovese are firmly now part of the Australian lingua franca, I suspect that the Valpolicella varieties of corvina, molinara and rondinella enjoy little recognition whatsoever outside of speciality circles in Australia.  Corvina is the most well regarded of these grape varieties, producing […]