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.