Veneto, the land of Romeo & Juliet, is the land of lovely wines; and there is nothing star crossed about these lovers. This Saturday we’ll be pouring a range of wines from that part of Northeast Italy that you’ll fall for. Come compare the three styles of Valpolicella and see what amorous feelings they can arouse. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Sassello Prosecco $11
Made from the grape Gerla, Prosecco is probably the friendliest sparkling wine in the world. The Sassello has delicate bubbles with citrus fruit and flowery aromas and pear and apple fruit. It might be the perfect wine to toast the Seahawks win on Sunday.
2012 Gambellara, I Basalti Soave $9
85% Garganega, 15% Trebbiano Veronese
Cantina di Gambellara started in 1947 by 26 vine growers as the first cooperative winery in the Vicenza Province. Their Soave has fresh fruit perfumes, especially apple and pear, along with a mineral presence from the volcanic soils.
2010 Campagnola Valpolicella Classico Le Bine $11
70% Corvinone Veronese, 30% Rondinella
Carlo Campagnola founded the winery in 1886. Carlo’s wife Caterina was recently widowed and had ten children. She bravely began to run the winery. Giuseppe one of the sons with his sons Luigi and Giancarlo run the winery today. Their young Valpolicella is fresh and has a spicy bouquet with dry, soft flavors of cherry and plum.
2011 Campagnola Valpolicella Classico Ripasso $15
55% Corvina Veronese and Corvina, 40% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
In February the fresh pomace from the Amarone is added to the Valpolicella giving the wine richer flavors and complexity. Their Ripasso has aromas of ripe fruit, soft, rich flavors lengthening into a pleasantly bitterish finish.
2009 Secoli Amarone della Valpolicella $34
A blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara grapes that are dried on mats before fermentation to increase its structure and intensity. The wine is aged for 3 years oak casks and six months in bottle before it is released. The Secoli has a silky, sexy texture with a mouthful of deep dark fruit and raisiny notes followed by a long, dry finish of chocolate and dried cherries.