2011 Valpolicella Superiore, Marion, Marcellise, Veneto

2011 Valpolicella Superiore, Marion, Marcellise, Veneto

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2011 Valpolicella Superiore, Marion, Marcellise, Veneto

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This is another great example of Valpolicella Superiore, as opposed to Valpolicella Ripasso. A wonderful, rich bouquet leaps from the glass with notes of red fruit and mocha. It’s just as good on the palate with rounded, plush fruit, great concentration and impeccable balance. Just the right weight, this is a delightful wine, as complex as many an Amarone, but more accessible than most.

Marion is one of the most beautiful estates, just north of Verona on the site of a splendid 15th-century villa in the valley of Marcellise, once owned by the Conte Marioni, subsequently bought by the Campedelli family in 1986. Together with his wife, Nicoletta Fornasa, and brother Marco, Stefano started bottling in 1995; now the property has 22 hectares. Since 2006 they’ve been assisted by the talented Damiano Peroni. The estate lies just outside the Classico zone on predominantly chalk soils.
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Marion

Marion

This Valpolicella estate is owned and fun by the Campadelli family, who purchased the property in 1986. Based in the valley of Marcellise, just outside the Classico zone, it’s home to a splendid 15th century villa once owned by the Conte Marioni. Stefano Campedelli – a trained surveyor – was delighted at a chance to escape the office. Working with his wife, Nicoletta Fornasa, and brother, Marco, they started bottling in 1995, and today they farm 22 hectares, producing around 70,000 bottles a year. The wines have been fine-tuned over the years, but their hallmark is fruit purity, aided by the vineyards’ chalky soils.

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Valpolicella

Valpolicella

Valpollicella is a famous (and infamous) Venetian wine DOC north of Verona producing enormous amounts of red wine of variable quality and accounting for almost 7% of the Veneto's entire production.  

Valpolicella Classico covers the original zone, an area drastically enlarged with the granting of DOC status in 1968 (energetically encouraged by the large, local co-operatives) to encompass the fertile plains as well as the superior Lessini Mountain foothills. After opening the floodgates to gallons of poor quality Valpolicella, steps have more recently been taken to redress the quality issue, notably through the removal of Molinara from the list of permissible grape varieties. Only Corvina Veronese and Corvinone can now be used, along with a small percentage of Rondinella and Croatina.  

The wines are aged in large oak vessels or stainless-steel vats for no more than a year, thus retaining the fresh, approachable, black cherry fruit that can make them so attractive. While Valpolicella (and even Classico) may be light and relatively simple, Valpolicella Ripasso is altogether richer and more satisfying. Matured on Amarone lees, it begins like a slightly less full-bodied version of Amarone before finishing on a sweet, Recioto-like note.

Valpolicella Ripasso is an increasingly popular style of Valpolicella that is produced by passing Valpolicella ‘normale’ or Classico over the still warm Amarone grape pomace in early spring after the Amarone wine has been run off. This effects a second alcoholic fermentation in the Valpolicella and gives the resulting wine more body, texture and alcohol.

Recommended producers: Corte Sant'AldaGiuseppe Quintarelli, Allegrini, Novaia

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Corvina, Corvinone blend

Corvina, Corvinone blend

Corvina is widely grown on the Veneto shore of Lake Garda and the hills of Valpolicella to the north and north-east of Verona. Sometimes known as Corvina Veronese, it is blended with Rondinella and Molinara to produce Valpolicella and Bardolino. It can be a tricky grape to cultivate, as it ripens late and is prone to rot if affected by rains at harvest time. It is a high-yielding grape and quality is very dependent on keeping yields low.

Corvina-based red wines can range in style from a light, cherryish red to the rich, port-like Recioto and Amarone Valpolicellas. Most Valpolicella from the plains is pale and insipid, and bears little comparison with Valpolicella Classico from the hills. Some producers such as Allegrini are now producing very high quality 100% Corvina wines.

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