Lonardi Recioto della Valpolicella 2009

Giuseppe Lonardi, Le Arele, DOC Recioto della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy, 2009

The usual Valpolicella blend of corvina, rondinella and molinara, but made from raisined (see recioto/passito) berries; natural cork closure, 14%abv, 500ml, Weavers Wines, £26.50

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.

Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, fully developed, with slightly high-toned aromas of stewed fruits – blackcurrant, black and red cherry, then dried fruits – currants and raisins, warm stewed prune, sweet tobacco, sun-dried red pepper, and a sweet oaky undertone.

Palate: a medium-sweet wine, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained well-integrated medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, a medium (+) body, with a smooth texture, medium (+) intensity with rich flavours of over-ripe black cherry, sweet ripe blackcurrant, and black fruit compote, with a distant savoury undertone. A long length with a clean over-ripe black cherried, moderately grippy finish.

Quality:  a very good quality wine, with perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol plus residual sugar, with alcohol in keeping with the intensity of flavour.  Flavours are a little vintage port-like, with very rich black fruits showing, together with dried fruit and other rich tertiary notes. Excellent concentration of favour and showing a good level of complexity, reflected in the long length.

Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this is a very well-developed wine, showing lots of rich fruit, dried fruit and other concentrated tertiary aromas and flavours.  It has a good balance, will hold for 3-5 years, but not improve with further cellaring.

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