Pra, Morandina, DOC Valpolicella Superiore, Veneto, Italy, 2012
The only difference between a valpolicella normale and a superiore, is that the latter has a higher alcohol level than the former.
This wine: organic, a blend of corvina, corvinone, rondinella and oseleta. Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 13% abv, Ann et Vin £12.50 (2014)
Consumer tasting note: nose opens with delicate red berries, then toastiness and red liquorice come through; light-medium bodied, fresh acidity suits the red berries on the mid-palate, complimented by more red liquorice and hints of darker berries. Essentially a lightweight red with some interest. Needs an hour’s decanting.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of cranberry, red currant, a little toastiness, red liquorice and a touch of smoke, low-key florality of peony, touch of cedar, black cherry, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe fine-grained medium tannins, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of red currant, cranberry, low-key red liquorice, red cherry, touch of almond, a very low-key woodiness. A medium (+) length with a slightly creamy red berried finish with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: good quality, nicely balanced acidity and tannins with alcohol, suiting the flavour intensity; decent intensity, lesser flavour concentration, showing some complexity from time in not new wood and bottle, following into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure, but concentration of flavour and indicative length suggest keep for a year or so, without improvement.