Secco-Bertani Original Vintage Edition, IGT Verona, Veneto, Italy, 2009
Hillside sites at over 250m altitude. Vinified in the ancient method (not explained), but that used before the amarone and ripasso styles appeared. Matured for 12 months in cherry and chestnut (both have a higher porosity than oak, so a higher oxidation/ageing rate) botti of 10hl-150hl capacity – maybe this is the ancient method. A blend of corvina, rizza and corvinone, with a little syrah and cabernet sauvignon – hence IGT rather than DOC or DOCG Valpolicella; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Great Western Wine, about £24 (2013)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, of deep intensity garnet, and showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of ripe blackcurrant with a medicinal edge, sweet ripe black cherry, over-ripe black berry, violets, prunes, dried rose buds and a hint of mocha.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, fine-grained well-integrated medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and medium (+) body, with a medium (+) flavour intensity, with flavours of ripe blackcurrant and black cherry, rich dark fruitcake, sweet tobacco and sweet warm black berried jam. A long length, with a clean moderately grippy slightly bitter finish.
Quality: A wine of outstanding quality. Perfectly balanced acidity and alcohol, which are in harmony with the intensity of flavour. A complex developing wine, with quite concentrated flavours, showing tertiary notes including prune, fruitcake and tobacco. The finish is very long and clean, with a slight bitterness that is characteristic of corvina, and does not detract. The perfect balance and sufficiency of fruit indicates that this wine, whilst drinking well now, will keep and develop in cellar for a further 5-7 years.